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    Kurt Perschke’s RedBall Project



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    Kurt Perschke is an artist who created The RedBall Project, a public art installation that involves a giant — you guessed it — red ball, that is inflated in and around major public spaces. It provides its audience with a moment of spontaneity and whimsy, providing a soft, bouncy contrast from the often rigid, hard surfaces of buildings and streets.

    Says the artist:

    Through the RedBall Project I utilize my opportunity as an artist to be a catalyst for new encounters within the everyday. Through the magnetic, playful, and charismatic nature of the RedBall the work is able to access the imagination embedded in all of us.

    On the surface, the experience seems to be about the ball itself as an object, but the true power of the project is what it can create for those who experience it. It opens a doorway to imagine what if?

    As RedBall travels around the world people approach me on the street with excited suggestions about where to put it in their city. In that moment the person is not a spectator but a participant in the act of imagination.

    …The larger arc of the project is how each city responds to that invitation and, over time, what the developing story reveals about our individual and cultural imagination.

    Link to the project website via Juxtapoz

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