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    Posted December 1, 2013 by
    Knoxville, Tennessee
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    CANstruction Art Exhibit and Competiton with a purpose


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Ryn captured some photos of the Christmas decorations on Thanksgiving at the Fantasy of Trees in Knoxville, Tenn. There are more than 300 designer trees, wreaths, arrangements and gingerbread houses auctioned off at the event to benefit East Tennessee Children's Hospital. "Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves," she says. "The holiday spirit was in full force with the trees and seasonal music playing in the background." In fact, Ryn designed both a floor tree and a table arrangement called "Woodland Fantasy" for the very first Fantasy of Trees event. "As a designer, I appreciated the hard work and beauty of every display," she says.
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    "Canstruction is giant art exhibition and competition with a purpose to fight hunger, Their mission is To engage, amaze and inspire the community to work together raising canned food to feed hundreds of thousands of hungry people. Canstruction is one of the largest national food bank drives in world and takes place in more than 170 U.S. cities each year
    Canstruction, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that holds annual design and build competitions to construct fantastic, giant sized, structures made entirely out of canned food. In each city after the structures are built and the winners declared the creations go on view to the general public as giant art exhibits. At the close of the competition all of the food used in the structures is donated to the local food banks for distribution to community emergency feeding programs."
    While visiting "The Fantasy of Tree's" an annual fund raiser for Children's Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee, we were fortunate to see the magnificent can sculpture's. You can vote for your favorite sculpture for "The People's Choice Award" by going to
    The canned foods will be donated to "Second Harvest' of Knoxville.


    Santa CAN end hunger
    CANta Claus is coming to town
    Olaf the SnowCAN
    Down the CANney Saint Nicholas came with a bound

    Photography Janie Lambert
    Knoxville Tennessee Convention Center
    November 28 2013

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