They built the White House with beans, the Statue of Liberty from tuna, and the Golden Gate Bridge from carrots.

Team members from Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing put together that delicious look at America as part of the ninth annual CANstruction artistic build competition that began Saturday and runs through noon Sunday at FairOaks Mall. The seven-member squad’s creativity with “Feeding America” earned them the Best Use of Labels award from a panel of judges.

Team member Yuri Motamedi mentioned that the intent was to highlight a measure of patriotic pride.

“The initial idea came off the election with the concept of everyone coming together (in unity),” Motamedi said.

That’s also part of the idea of United Way of Bartholomew County’s colorful event featuring eight volunteer teams. CANstruction involves building a scene of a group’s choosing with canned goods. Label colors and designs of cans stacked and placed together create art — so much so that the Columbus Area Arts Council used to organize the gathering.

CANstruction’s Art Walk for Hunger is slated from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the mall. Call it a kind of Cannery Row.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.