Contest at Gardens Mall yields 28,500 pounds of donated food

Volunteers from Pratt & Whitney assembly a F-35 Lightning II fighter jet out of 2,450 cans of tuna at The Gardens Mall for "Canstruction 2016." The giant works of art made out of non-perishable foods are on display at the mall through Sunday. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Volunteers from Pratt & Whitney assembly a F-35 Lightning II fighter jet out of 2,450 cans of tuna at The Gardens Mall for “Canstruction 2016.” The giant works of art made out of non-perishable foods are on display at the mall through Sunday. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Pratt & Whitney’s sculpture of a F-35 Lightning II fighter jet was the crowd-favorite of six sculptures created for Canstruction 2016 at The Gardens Mall, but the Palm Beach County Food Bank came out the real winner.

The sculptures on display through June 19 were made of 28,582 pounds of food. Once they were dismantled, that food was donated to the food bank. Judges announced the winners of the contest at an awards reception June 9.

Click here for a photo gallery of all of the sculptures.

The winners are:

Structural Integrity-Florida Power & Light’s Making the Most of Florida’s Sunshine

Jurors’ Favorite: Suffolk Construction’s Harvesting for Hunger

Best Use of Labels: Pratt & Whitney’s Protecting Our Fields of Dreams

Best Meal: Kast Construction/Currie Sowards Aguila Architects’ Lego Farmers

Honorable Mention: Palm Beach State College

Honorable Mention: The Corradino Group

The Corradino Group’s creation took a tumble about 3:30 p.m. June 8 when one young man knocked it over as another appeared to film him. The Food Zone was made of 1,600 cans of mandarin oranges, 800 pounds of organic rice and 500 pounds of green beans.

The men were caught on surveillance video, and the mall had a description of the car they drove away in, but Palm Beach Gardens police have not released any new information since the incident.

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