April 18, 2015 — Zozobra Can Do Sweeps Judges’€™ Awards for Canstruction® Santa Fe

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SANTA FE –€” The sculpture “Zozobra Can Do”€ scored highest in all four judges categories for the first Canstruction® Santa Fe event.

The winners were presented by Sherry Hooper, executive director for The Food Depot, and John Padilla, of the Santa Fe chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Santa Fe) in a ceremony at noon at Santa Fe Place mall today, April 18. Trophies were presented in the following categories: Structural Ingenuity, Juror’s Favorite, Best Use of Labels, Best Meal and Honorable Mention.

Team Amplify built the sculpture out of 850 cans of food. The sculpture took approximately 7 hours to build on April 11. Amplify consisted of volunteers from Network 24-7, a Santa Fe computer and IT support company, Randy Smith, local interior designer, Ashley Hartshorn, intern architect for Barbara Felix Architecture + Design, and members of the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe.

“This whole experience was great. From the planning to the build day, the way the community came together to support our sculpture exceeded my expectations. Ashley [Hartshorn] came up with a fantastic design. We were so pleased to participate in a new way to support The Food Depot. It was a lot of fun,” Jaime Michael, owner of Network 24-7, said.

The Honorable Mention was awarded to the “Food4Pets”€ sculpture. The team InTangible consisted of volunteers from Friends of the Food4Pets.

Five local teams built large sculptures competed in the inaugural event. This year’s theme was “€œWelcome to New Mexico€”. The sculptures built were: “We Can in Peace,”€ “€œRed or Green?,”€ “Food4Pets,”€ “€œNM Can”€ and “€œZozobra Can Do.€”

This year’s judges panel included: Daniel J. Chacon, City Hall reporter for The Santa Fe New Mexican; Paul Weideman, staff writer for Pasatiempo magazine and editor of the Santa Fe Real Estate Guide; and Adrian Gomez, assistant arts editor for the Albuquerque Journal.

The public is encouraged to vote for their favorite cansculpture on The Food Depot’s website or Canstruction® Santa Fe’s Facebook page until midnight on April 24. The People’s Choice award will be announced at noon on April 25. All award announcements will take place at Santa Fe Place mall.

There is no cost to attend Canstruction® Santa Fe. The sculptures will be “de-canstructed”€ on April 25, and all food will be donated to The Food Depot. The event is expected to generate more than 7,500 cans of food to help feed hungry Northern New Mexicans.

Canstruction® Santa Fe is sponsored by: Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe, Branch Design and Development, Smith’€™s Food and Drug Stores and Santa Fe Place mall.

Canstruction is brought to you by: AIA Santa Fe, Santa Fe Place and The Food Depot.

For more information, visit the Canstruction® Santa Fe Facebook page. Follow the event on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the #CanSantaFe2015 hashtag.

Participating teams/Sponsored by
Barbara Felix/Bradbury Stamm and La Fonda on the Plaza
Intangible/Friends of Pet Amigos
Greer Stafford/Starbucks
Radicle/Groundworks Studio/City of Santa Fe
Amplify/Network 24-7

The Food Depot is committed to ending hunger in Northern New Mexico. As the food bank for nine Northern New Mexico counties, The Food Depot provides food to more than 145 nonprofit agencies including emergency food pantries, hot meal programs, homeless shelters, youth programs, senior centers, homes for the mentally disabled and shelters for battered persons. This service enables these agencies to stay focused on their primary missions such as sheltering homeless families, providing hot meals to the homebound and offering life skills development to youth. The food bank distributes an average of 400,000 pounds of food and household products each month, providing more than 500,000 meals to people in need–the most vulnerable of our community–children, seniors, working families and those in ill health.