Call for Designers & Builders


Jacksonville Beach Deck The Chairs 2017

Date and Location

November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Latham Plaza and Sea Walk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach, Florida


JBDTC is a lighted sculptural annual exhibit using the iconic red chairs of The American Red Cross Life Saving Corps. In 2017, 40 chairs will be sponsored by local business and decorated by regional artists. The exhibit will be on display for the month of December, engaging private interest in public art, and providing economic benefit to Beaches businesses.


Guidelines for chair design will follow a primary objective of promoting what is “Uniquely Beaches,” reflect a coastal theme, and may incorporate significant symbols. There will be a mandatory design workshop. Preliminary designs must be submitted for review and approval. 

Work Materials

Approved materials include wood, plastics, PVC, vinyl, metal fittings, chicken wire, clamps, wood screws and lights. Limited use of pre-made decorations will be accepted but require review. Chairs must not be modified or damaged in such a way that they will be deemed unusable following the event.

Work Size

Chair designs will exist within a 15-ft by 15-ft area and cannot exceed 12-ft in height.

Download chair design template DTC DESIGN TEMPLATE 2014.

Preliminary Schedule*

August 17 Preliminary design submission for review
September 14 Final design approval
October 3 Final space assignment
November 16 Material purchase, final planning
November 24-26 Construction Latham Plaza
December 10 Awards ceremony

*Some dates subject to change.


Artist will be selected by or paired up with Chair Sponsor. Artist will present design concepts to Design Committee for review and approval. Artist will abide by all schedules, materials and decorations guidelines. Artist will meet with Chair Sponsor as needed to complete project.

Compensation and Publicity

Artists will receive $150 stipend for approved Seawalk Chair or Decked Chair design, and be recognized in specified marketing materials. Design/build team receives $150 stipend. Stipend does not apply for Hope Chair.


Kurtis Loftus 904.716.3853