Yes We Can: Food Is Art at Canstruction L.A.

<em>Los Angeles</em> magazine’s Mary Melton and chef Ray Garcia will judge this year’s contestants

Update: The 2015 winners have been announced.

Canned food will serve as both sustenance and artistic inspiration this week as L.A. architects, designers, builders, and engineers display their creations–completely constructed from cans of food–at Canstruction L.A. The competition, presented by Goya Foods, will raise money for the L.A. Regional Food Bank, which will also receive all the cans used in the exhibition.

This year’s judges, who will select the winners of Juror’s Favorite, Best Meal, Best Use of Labels, and Structural Ingenuity, as well as an Honorable Mention, are Los Angeles magazine editor-in-chief Mary Melton, chef Ray Garcia (who just opened B.S. Taqueria and is working on his flagship Broken Spanish restaurant Downtown), and David Montalba, founding principal of Montalba Architects.

In addition, visitors can vote for the People’s Choice award with a $1-per-vote donation that can provide enough food for four meals.

Canstruction L.A. in the historic Farmers and Merchants Bank building at 401 S. Main St., is part of the Downtown L.A. Art Walk on Thursday, April 9. Visitors can see the exhibition on Thursday from noon to 10 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.