The Daily Gamecock

Greene Street makes room for 'Canned Creations'

Creative homecoming event donates food to Harvest Hope Food Bank

What’s more metal than creating a Cocky Gene Simmons, complete with full KISS logo and accompanying concert speakers?

Making it completely out of cans.

Students packed Greene Street midday Tuesday for “Canned Creations,” a Homecoming Week and Carolina Service Council event that pitted 12 teams against one another in a competition, with homecoming points at stake, to create the most appealing work of art out of thousands of the donated cylinders. In line with Homecoming Week’s theme of “Rockin’ the Garnet and Black,” students also sculpted a giant Rolling Stones lips logo, a jukebox and Cocky on guitar and drums. In addition, there was a Cocky taming a Florida gator and a recreation of Williams-Brice Stadium and the Cockaboose.

The donations were given to Harvest Hope Food Bank after the competition. Allison Toney, USC’s coordinator for student organizations, said the event donated about 8,500 pounds of cans last year, and she expects more this year due to this year’s requirement that all participants must donate two cans to register.  

“I think it’s good timing because it’s before Thanksgiving, so you get a lot of good stuff in before the big holiday,” Toney said.

Toney said the winners of the event won’t be announced until the end of the week.