As clearly defined by the project’s name, RedBall Project is a project about, well, a red ball *cough*. What makes it different is the fact that the ball has massive size and (luckily) been traveling around the globe from 2001 (I hardly can believe that but it’s true!).
This project belongs to Kurt Perschke, an artist who was born in Chicago and is now working and lives in New York. What is exactly the idea behind this project? Well, you might can get it from his statement on the project’s site:
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. I have witnessed it across continents, diverse age spans, cultures, and languages, always issuing an invitation. That invitation to engage, to collectively imagine, is the true essence of the RedBall Project. 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.
I personally think this project somehow expected to bring out the imagination or the childish side of someone. I can imagine that children will be very excited to see a giant ball around them. But to see grownups excited as much as the kiddos surely will be interesting. I did jump to touch the ball and did small punching just to test its strength :p
Overall I think it’s a very interesting project which I quite envy because the ball already went around the globe more than me! :p
I wonder when it will reach Indonesia? 🙂
Here are some pics taken this afternoon. I will make summary of all pics taken shortly tonight 😉