100-Foot Single-Use Plastic Octopus Set to Light Up Jax Beach Deck The Chairs 2019
Imagine a one-of-a-kind 100-foot lighted octopus rising from the sea, its tentacles flashing in the darkness, surrounded by ocean reef and flanked by glowing jellyfish. This amazing sight will delight visitors to Jax Beach Deck The Chairs (JBDTC) 2019, opening November 23 at 5:00 p.m. This free six-week holiday light display features more than 40 decorated lifeguard chairs, the musical DTC tree, and a packed lineup of weekend holiday programs.
“We look forward to another great season hosting this unique and inspiring holiday experience. Our partners and volunteers have worked tirelessly all year getting prepared,” said Kurtis Loftus, Executive Director of Deck The Chairs.
JBDTC is excited to partner again with environmental advocate Beaches Go Green, Artistic Contractors and Republic Services to present the Beaches Go Green Octopus Garden featuring this massive display. The octopus’ head is wrapped in REPREVE, a material made from single-use plastic bottles, created by Unisys and fabricated by Bfive40. It reaches 20 feet tall by 30 feet deep by 15 feet wide. Its four tentacles, lined with more than 15,000 single-use plastic bottles, span 100 feet in all directions.
The Octopus Garden will promote awareness and educate the public about the dangers of our overconsumption of single-use plastic and how it impacts the environment, particularly our oceans. It will also showcase its own light show, children’s educational displays, and weekend activities for the kids.
“Beaches Go Green is grateful for the opportunity to showcase our Octopus Garden at Deck The Chairs 2019 to celebrate the holidays AND to bring attention to the huge issues surrounding plastic pollution. Our giant octopus is not only festive and beautiful but tells a story about America’s and the world’s overconsumption of single-use plastic and how it’s affecting our planet. Families will be awestruck with the creativity and the hard facts of how our daily choices matter. All of the pieces featured in the Beaches Go Green Octopus Garden are ocean-theme artistic creations made from or covered in recycled single-use plastic items. We cannot wait to share this inspiring display for Deck The Chairs 2019,” said Anne Marie Moquin, founder and CEO of Beaches Go Green. www.beachesgogreen.org
All displays and events will be held at Latham Plaza and Seawalk Pavilion in Downtown Jacksonville Beach from November 23 through January 2, 2020. Visit www.deckthechairs.org for more information.