Students in the OSU Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising participated in OSU’s first Canstruction event this fall. Student teams collected cans and were encouraged to use them to design a sculpture to represent how “Feeding Change” speaks to the mission of Our Daily Bread Food and Resource Center in Stillwater.
The event was organized by the IFMA student organization, advisor Tilanka Chandrasekera, design, housing and merchandising assistant professor in the College of Human Sciences, and Dave Lassen, coordinator for global and community engagement in the College of Human Sciences.
Lassen worked to get Our Daily Bread involved in the project in an effort to raise awareness with students about food insecurity and make sure the cans were useful for Our Daily Bread.
Canstruction is a national organization that assists with marketing materials, judging guidelines and more. Chandrasekera had seen Canstruction events at other universities and wanted to bring it to OSU.
“The students have had a positive response to the event. They found it satisfying to learn design aspects and help the community,” said Lassen. “They also learned resiliency as some of the structures fell after several hours of work and were rebuilt.”
As part of the project 14,000 cans were collected. In addition, $4,000 was raised and used to purchase the cans. All cans went to Our Daily Bread after Canstruction was complete.