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.
We are starting a public art project to raise awareness and educate people to use AEDs. We will 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.
To generate this art, we plan to hold a contest in which anyone can submit a design. The public will vote for the best, and the winners will receive money as well as the chance to work with professional artists to turn their sketches, drawings, and designs into real art.
The task for you, our prospective professional designers: To move this project forward, we need to create sample designs, sketches, drawings, or illustrations. The purpose of these mock designs are both to promote the contest to the community as well as to encourage participation in the contest. The mock designs will be featured on our website as well as in promotional materials.
The ideal design has only these specifications:
- Draws attention to the AED
- Raises awareness and educates about AEDs and cardiac arrest
- Can be placed in the space immediately around an AED in public
The sample illustrations can contain any content or take any form. The eventual artwork may be a painting, sculpture, video, or other 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. We were hoping to not influence any of your designs by listing these outright.
Attached files include pictures of AEDs in office buildings as examples of places where art may be installed. We also included a picture of an AED as a template to design around.