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CANstruction 2013 Calgary: Low Tech Method Builds High-Tech Themes (PHOTOS)

03/20/2013 08:19 EDT | Updated 03/21/2013 04:46 EDT

For those wondering what Super Mario would look like if he was made out of tuna cans, they need to wonder no more.

Super Mario, Angry Birds and Inspector Gadget are just some of the iconic figures taking shape at CANstruction Calgary 2013 at Southcentre Mall.

The competition sees companies and organizations build sculptures with food cans as a way of raising awareness for hunger.

After the competition, the winner will have their display showcased in an art exhibit, while the rest of the sculptures will be dismantled, with the the food finding a new home in local food banks.

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Canstruction Calgary 2013 at Southcentre Mall

According to the United Nations World Food Programme, 870 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat.

Locally, the number of Calgarians who struggle with this problem reached more than 136,000 in 2011, according to the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank.

It is an issue the late Cheri Melillo said she took to heart, when she started the first CANstruction event in 1992, in New York City.

Ralph Sigurdson took pictures of the display at Southcentre Mall, praising the "innovation" of the project.

"I think the cause is a great idea, it serves a great purpose, (and) it also encourages young people to use their talents, and be innovative with their ideas," he said.

Companies like Suncor, Nexen, and SNC Lavalin contributed to the competition, which also included Pac Man, Angry Birds, a television, and a typewriter.

It was Suncor's sculpture that caught the eye of Sarah Montgomery, who took a break from shopping to check out the exhibit.

"The Mario (display) is amazing," said the 26-year-old.

"It takes me back to my childhood, and it's very fun. There's just many things to look at."

The winner will be announced on March 21.