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AmeriCAN Heroes

CANstruction Santa Fe 2017

AmeriCAN Heroes is an homage to "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima" — an iconic photograph and one of the most significant images of World War II. We dedicate this CANstructure to the first responders and the men and women who serve on all branches of the military.

This CAN-creation, designed and built by D/P/S and Jaynes Corporation, has a Lego-style twist, and the cans used for the sculpture can be prepared to make a delicious New MexiCAN Tuna Salad.

AmeriCAN Heroes sculpture by D/P/S and Jaynes

AmeriCAN Heroes and six other hero-inspired CANsculptures were built as part of the third annual CANstruction Santa Fe fundraiser presented by AIA Santa Fe. Creations are displayed for a week, judged, and then disassembled and donated to The Food Depot, a food bank serving northern New Mexican families.

Seven teams (including the D/P/S-Jaynes crew!) designed and built the gigantic CANsculptures as part of a competition. AmeriCAN Heroes won the Structural Ingenuity award for its gravity-defying, Lego-style tuna arms.

This year's 2017 CANstruction event raised more than 33,000 cans of food, which will provide more than 24,000 meals to families in need.

Recipe for New MexiCAN Tuna Salad

With the same cans used to construct AmeriCAN Heroes (plus a few fresh ingredients) you can make a delicious tuna salad. Recipe courtesy of architect Mark Baczek.

New MexiCAN Tuna Salad
  • Tuna, 4 cans drained
  • Red Beans, 2 cans drained & rinsed
  • Garbanzo Beans, 2 cans drained & rinsed
  • Black Olives, 2 cans drained
  • Diced Tomatoes, 3 cans drained
  • Purple Onion, 1/2 finely chopped
  • Cilantro, 1 bunch finely chopped
  • Garlic Powder, to taste
  • Garlic Salt, to taste

Toss ingredients and serve with Cilantro Lime Dressing (we recommend Brianna's Brand)

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Quick Facts

How many cans did it take to build? It took 5,307 cans to build "AmeriCAN Heroes", which will all be donated to families throughout northern New Mexico.

What kinds of cans were used? Tuna (1,698 cans), Chili with Beans (1,593), Garbanzo Beans (391), Diced Tomatoes (391), Olives (391), Red Kidney Beans (391), Hatch Green Chile (303), Tuna with Jalapenos (132), Clam Chowder (17)

Where does all the food go? All food is donated to The Food Depot once CANsculptures are disassembled. The Food Depot is northern New Mexico's food bank and distributes food to families in the region.

Who built it? Dekker/Perich/Sabatini and Jaynes Corporation worked together to design and build this CANsculpture.

Who sponsored the team? We had huge support from our sponsors including Santa Fe Place, Tandus Centiva, Montessori 1 Preschool and Elementary Academy, Spinneybeck Filzfelt, Workspace Dynamics, RKL Sales Corporation, Rodenbeck, Knoll, Arc Com, Maharam, 3form, LightArt, Mr. Powdrell's Barbeque, and Home Depot.

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