If you witnessed someone collapse and stop breathing, what would you do?
To save a life, you would call 911 and start CPR. Yet you would also need an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Sudden cardiac arrest, or when the heart stops beating, happens to 500,000 people each year, often in public places. AEDs are devices that shock the heart back to life. They are effective, simple, and safe. But they are rarely ever used.
Why not? People often do not know where nearby AEDs are located. Bystanders may not know that an AED is needed or may be afraid of causing more harm than good.
In order to raise awareness and educate people to use AEDs, we plan to install public artwork, related to the topic, in the space around selected AEDs in public locations throughout the city of Philadelphia. These locations include train stations, skyscrapers, schools, government buildings, offices, landmarks, and museums.
The task for you, our prospective professional designers: We need you to contribute designs that may become or inspire public art that could be installed around real AEDs.
The designs can contain any content or take any form. If the art is two-dimensional, then it should fit around an AED on a wall. If the art is three-dimensional, then it can be placed nearby the AED. The illustration can be any size or shape but the artwork must be large and easily visible.
For additional themes, symbols, and images that may be included, you are welcome to contact us for help.
1. We are looking for creative designs that can be printed or installed around an AED on the wall and/or floor in public places like train stations, schools, government offices.
2. Your design must include a representation of an AED, or surround an AED device in the templates, and call attention to AEDs in a big, bold, and creative way.
3. The priority is to raise awareness and provide education about AEDs and cardiac arrest.
4. We are NOT looking for an AED logo or decorative letters.