One of the sculptures is a giant slice of watermelon. Photo courtesy of Leket Israel
One of the sculptures is a giant slice of watermelon. Photo courtesy of Leket Israel

What can you create with cans? Imagine a sculpture of a truck, refrigerator and watermelon slice. All of these, and more, will be on display at Israel’s inaugural Canstruction exhibitionin Park Ra’anana, May 5-9.

Canstruction, a non-profit that sponsors exhibitions in more than 150 cities worldwide annually, has donated nearly 30 million pounds of food to local hunger-relief organizations through events and competitions.

The free Israeli can-art exhibition, “Come and See What Cans Can Be,” is hosted by the Ra’anana municipality in conjunction with the national food bank and food-rescue network, Leket Israel.

Approximately 50,000 cans will be used by exhibition curator Hadas Avtalion-Jackont, designer Mor Mayer-Virobnik and industrial designer Roy Yahalomi to build structures illustrative of Leket Israel’s food-rescue initiative. In addition, anyone bringing a can of food to donate can help create a group sculpture during the event.

After May 9, all the cans of food will be donated by Leket Israel to its 180 nonprofit partner agencies across the country.

Leket Israel Founder and Chairman Joseph Gitler notes that about 40 percent of all food produced in Israel is thrown away before it reaches the plate. This occurs across the food chain from farmers to food manufacturers, supermarkets, catering halls, restaurants and individuals.

“The main goal of the event is to raise awareness about the importance of food rescue, minimizing food waste and giving back to the community,” Gitler said. “We are hoping that through the art, individuals and families will leave this exhibition with a greater appreciation of these critical issues.”

Exhibition hours are May 5, from 6-8pm, May 6and 7from 10am to 7pm, May 8 from 9am to 2:30pm, and May 9from 9-11pm.