Award-winning KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture and Planning, recently participated in Orange County’s 3rd annual Canstruction design/build competition at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, and has constructed a 1.75-ton Cheshire Cat grinning from ear to ear and comprising of nearly 6,500 Trader Joe’s canned food items. KTGY’s innovative design and planning capabilities, normally reserved for real estate builders, owners, investors and developers of all property types, were used to design a five-foot tall, very colorful, happy Cheshire Cat, which includes over 3,000 cans of Trader Joe's tuna for the Cat's head; 1,200 cans of anchovies and sardines encircling the cat's back and tail; and all of this rests on another 2,300-can skeleton of pasta, pinto beans, tomato sauce, and assorted greens guaranteed to add to a nutritious meal. According to David Senden, KTGY's principal, "This feline is proof that you are what you eat."
The Canstruction design/build competition serves as a canned food drive to support the Orange County Food Bank, which services more than 500,000 Orange County residents that are food insecure. KTGY and its personnel plus other benefactors generously donated $8,750 in canned food items. Local Trader Joe’s stores donated some canned goods. OCB Reprographics in Irvine provided the material and supplies for the sculpture platform.
"We started building the Cat with 16 builders after the mall closed on Friday night at 10:00 p.m., and we finished with nine builders around 5:00 a.m. In total, I would estimate in the neighborhood of 500 to 600 man hours from the beginning of the design to the final completion," said KTGY Team Captain Sevy.
Awards are given for the Best Use of Labels, Best Meal, Structural Ingenuity, Jurors’ Favorite and Honorable Mentions. This year, a new award was added, "the People's Choice" award in which the public voted online for their favorite structure.
"Many people do not think Orange County is a place with thousands of struggling individuals," noted Garcia. "With the economic challenges that we have been experiencing over the couple of years, the number of individuals who are food insecure only continues to rise. There are over 500,000 people in Orange County that are considered food insecure."
Canstruction Orange County is supported by the Orange County Chapters of The Society for Design Administration, The American Institute of Architects, and Society of Marketing Professional Services. For more information about Canstruction Orange County or to donate to the Orange County Food Bank, go online and visit www.canstructionoc.org.
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