We first wrote about RedBall Project in 2008, when Kurt Perschke's traveling public art installation landed in Chicago. Since then, RedBall has traversed the globe, appearing in many more cities, including Grand Rapids, Scottsdale, Portland, and St. Louis, as well as internationally. More photos below!
The massive vinyl ball has been wedged in every nook and cranny in its host cities, from in between buildings to underneath bus stops.
The installation was conceived in 2006 as a social experiment to explore "what it can create for those who experience it. It opens a doorway to imagine what if?" says Perschke, the artist. "Through the magnetic, playful, and charismatic nature of the RedBall, the work is able to access the imagination embedded in all of us."
The simple and whimsical ball engages the collective imagination of people of all ages and across diverse continents, cultures, and languages — which is the true essence of the project.
RedBall recently wrapped up a tour through Perth, Australia, and is set to take over England this summer. Visit its website for a schedule of upcoming appearances.
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(Images: RedBall Project)