Gwen Fowler



Cans build scultpures, feed hungry at S.C. Aquarium

Posted 1/8/2011 10:38:00 AM

More than 5,000 cans of food were delivered to Crisis Ministries of Charleston after Christmas, thanks to the South Carolina Aquarium and Piggly Wiggly.

But those cans of food were temporarily works of art at the aquarium until they were moved to Crisis Ministries. The cans were stacked to create a 15-foot-tall Morris Island lighthouse and the train from “The Polar Express.”

Kate Dittloff, the aquarium’s public relations manager, said the can sculptures were designed by Stumphouse Architecture + Design, a Charleston firm, and she and other staff members did the actual can stacking.

While Piggly Wiggly donated most of the cans, about 150 were donated by aquarium visitors to
get $2 off admission, Dittloff said.

Crisis Ministries' soup kitchen provides about 200,000 meals each year for those in need.

The aquarium features thousands of aquatic animals in more than 50 exhibits representing South Carolina’s biodiversity from the mountains to the sea. The aquarium also sponsors the Sustainable Seafood Initiative, which encourages consumers to dine at restaurants where chefs make environmentally friendly seafood choices.

The Sustainable Seafood Initiative holds a monthly dinner series. Different restaurants in the Charleston area host a four or five course sustainable seafood dinner paired with wine or beer. The next dinner is Jan. 24.