I heard about the RedBall Project years ago created by Kurt Perschke who works in sculpture, video, collage and public space. This 15′ high, bright red playful ball, created in 2001, travels the globe visiting cities where it becomes wedged into different locations for different periods of time for all to enjoy who happen upon it. In September and October it travels to Marseille and Bordeaux, France respectively.
I love the pure simplicity and pure joy of the RedBall and how it seems to say to all who see it…”Yes, here I am…over here…come play with me.” Its energy just radiates lightness of being and brings the idea playfulness to life wherever it goes.
About the project Kurt states,
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?…
Kurt’s inspiration for the project (from FAQs),
The piece came directly out of working with an urban site for a commission. I had been offered an opportunity to develop an idea for one of three sites in St. Louis through the Arts in Transit program. I kept coming back to this ugly area, underneath an overpass with a bit of gravel on the ground. It had clearly been offered up because it was one of those leftover spots in a city, but I was drawn to the way the concrete bridge merged into the earth and the space it created. RedBall came out of my thinking about that space, and how to show what I was seeing. After many false starts I drew this huge red sphere under the bridge, and laughed out loud. I felt like that was it.
Recently, while in Toledo, Ohio, the RedBall took matters into its own hands and decided to go out to play for itself.
Reminding us all…can we come out to play?