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VIDEO: Canstruction sculptures at Underground Atlanta


Glance at it and it's a bunch of cans. Look again. Squint. It's "The Little Engine That Could," with marshmallow steam and everything! So cute! AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

It took me a minute of squinting, staring and circling to see it. A pile of cans. A pile of cans and boxes. A mountain, you might say. A mountain! Right, a train! A train on a mountain, oh my, it’s “The Little Engine That Could!”

(Weird. That’s the second time today I’ve mentioned the beloved kiddie book in this blog.)

That’s kind of how it goes at the Canstruction installation that goes through this weekend at Underground Atlanta. It’s a competition among designa and construction professionals and students to create a work of art using canned food. All the food they use is donated. The thousands of cans above the food court in Underground will go to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Don’t come downtown just for this, but if you’re in the area for any reason, stop by to see cans made to look like Legos, a howling dog, a tape measure, a telephone.

You can vote online for the best one, but I’m with Jennifer from Atlanta on the Cheap on this one: photos don’t do them justice. You really have to see them before you choose a favorite.

They’re pretty  close together, but it helps to look at them from far away. Up close, it’s an artful grocery aisle. Take a few steps back and it change the view entirely.

For example, here’s a video I shot (walking backward, not at all gracefully) of one with true local flavor:

This one, though, captures my vote. I love a very hungry caterpillar:

Want to go? Canstruction. Opens at 10 a.m. through Nov. 15. Free. Underground Atlanta, 50 Upper Alabama St., Atlanta. 404-523-2311,

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