So, being the person I am and writing the blog I write, it’s natural that I hung around after the canned goods sculpture reveal at the Disney “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” press event and took a few photos… The world record-setting sculpture (yep — Guinness World Records authenticated it) was made up of 115,527 canned goods. The canned goods were donated to food banks in Orlando, Fla., Miami, and Atlanta.
This was part of a massive media event promoting what I believe to be one of the most game-changing Corporate/Non-Profit partnerships in the history of philanthropy. Disney’s “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” volunteer program aims to encourage 1 million people to volunteer one day of service at a local nonprofit in exchange for one free day in a Disney park. Why is this game-changing? Because that 1 million people includes thousands of children, who will learn why it’s important to volunteer and help out in the community — and I don’t mean just getting a ticket to Disney World. This program will introduce thousands of people to the outstanding benefits volunteering can bring — both personally and to the community.
To date, Disney’s already hit the 600,000 person mark…and that’s in just six weeks. I’m guessing they’ll hit their 1 million person goal in no time flat.
But on to the Sculpture…
One thing I really wanted to capture was how many different types of items were used to create the sculpture, as well as the innovation of the “artists!” According to a Disney press release,
The sculpture contains approximately 44 tons of food – everything from albacore tuna and apricot halves to spaghetti, stewed tomatoes and mixed vegetables – destined to become more than 70,000 meals for the needy.
Let’s begin with a photo of the full sculpture. Scroll down to the bottom of the post to see a cool time-lapse video of the sculpture being built!!:
Here are a few breakdown photos that I thought were pretty interesting uses of canned, bagged, and boxed foods:
Mickey Mouse was made up primarily of flesh-toned Kirkland Salmon cans. Black olive cans were used for his ears and nose, and pineapple chunk cans made up his eyes. All of the characters had popcorn plates for pupils!
Mickey’s paintbrush was made out of boxes of lasagna noodles, bags of spaghetti, and cans of coffee.
Pluto was one of my favorite canned-goods sculpture characters! With fur made from packages of dried Chow Noodles and Peter Pan Peanut Butter, eyes made from cans of pineapple chunks, ears made from vacuum-sealed bags of coffee, and a nose made of grape jelly, how can you not love that adorable face?
Donald is cooking today! His spoon is made from Bush’s Baked Beans, his hat from Star Kist Tuna, his eyes — partially — from marshmallows, and his beak is Chow Noodles.
Goofy is doing a bit of yard-work today, with his trowel! His hat includes boxes of Green Tea and bags of Twizzlers, his face is constructed partially from cans of salmon, and his hands are, predictably, marshmallows!