Wilson Butler Architects Teams Up With “Carmen CANdiego” and Canstruction Boston


BOSTON–Wilson Butler Architects (WBA) created  “Where in the World is Carmen CANdiego?” to address the theme of “Around the World” at BSA-hosted Canstruction.

The Wilson studio used 2,617 cans in their structure—$3,000 worth of food—to create a sneaky side profile of the iconic detective. In addition to supporting an important cause, the sculpture won two Canstruction 2019 awards: “Social Media Soup-er Star” and “Best Use of Labels”. WBA was the only firm to win in two categories.

Hosted by BSA/AIA, Canstruction is a charity event and exhibition that brings teams of architects, designers, engineers, and contractors together to compete in awe-inspiring feats of engineering to create sculptures made out of canned goods and other nonperishable food items—without the use of glue or other adhesives.

Founded in 1992, Canstruction’s mission is to highlight the issue of hunger and food insecurity across communities, collect food for distribution to thousands, and to showcase the creativity of the design industry.