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DXU successfully completed it’s first year participating in the Canstruction Chicago competition. The unique competition is a design-build event which benefits the Greater Chicago Food Depository and helps them with the cause of ending hunger. Our ‘cansculpture’ IMPRESSIONS is housed in the Southwest Lobby of Merchandise Mart on the first floor.

Impressions are interpretive in the way that they seek to capture an idea or a feeling rather than an actual representation. Our structure plays on the duality of small vs significant, simple vs complex and demonstrates how the effectiveness of these seemingly trivial cans can be changed when compiled together.

A tree is seen as many things – symbol of life, positive energy, good health etc.  As one of the most primitive and basic building blocks, it has helped us provide shelter and eventually shape buildings – one of man’s greatest manifestation of tangible ideas. Thus helping us in influencing the world by leaving a physical impression of our thoughts and views. The ‘cans’ used here as a part of a larger assembly strive to mimic that.

First impressions are not often the last impressions. They are just as it sounds – ‘The first of many impressions.’ So we encourage you to explore the structure using different vantage points and find meaning in our rendition as you see fit!

We wrapped up Canstruction 2019 with the fun ChicagoCAN charity cocktail and awards reception. We’d like to thank everyone who donated to this great cause, and to 41 North Contractors, L.L.C.and to Donald Lupa at Premier Architectural Products for being our partners through this journey. EndHungerNow CHICanstruction