Sculpture made from 33,000 cans of SPAM and Hormel chili now on display at the zoo
October 2 marked the debut of the Family Farm CANstructure at the Minnesota Zoo. In a stunning display of architectural ingenuity, 18,000 cans of Spam classic and 15,000 cans of Hormel chili were used to create this sculpture, which celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the Wells Fargo Family Farm at the zoo--a 10-acre working farm and exhibit paying tribute to past and present day Minnesota agriculture. Volunteers from the U of M chapter of American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) built the display.
According to MInnesota Zoo Director/CEO Lee Ehmke, "The Family Farm CANstructure project is a fun way to showcase the importance of agriculture in Minnesota."
This is said to be the largest contribution of its kind from the Hormel corporation, which is based in Austin, Minnesota. When the exhibit closes, the cans of SPAM and Hormel chili will be donated to the hunger relief organization Second Harvest Heartland.
CANsculpture on display until October 31 The Minnesota Zoo 13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley, 952.431.9500
Get the Food & Drink Newsletter
Our weekly guide to Minneapolis & St. Paul dining includes food news and reviews, as well as dining events and interviews with chefs and restaurant owners.