The Red Ball Project is a traveling installation that started in St. Louis, and has since made its way around the world. The artist, Kurt Perschke, is a sculptor by trade but dabbles in multiple disciplines of art. The public project was first created as a singular installation, a 50-foot-high and 250 lb. inflatable ball. Fascinated by architectural space and the people within it, Perschke soon re-imagined the ball as a piece suitable for global audiences.
Perschke allows each community to help choose the location of the installation in an attempt to transform its spectators into participants. Across continents, the ball has experienced age, cultural and linguistic diversity.
Perschke believes, “good sculpture is about tactility and touching,” making the essence of the project less about the structure itself and more about the human interaction associated with the piece. Always inflated on site, the installation serves as a magnet for the citizens of each local community.
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