The much-anticipated arrival of artist Kurt Perschke’s RedBall Project will take place Aug. 14, 2015 at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion.
Part of the Museum’s Play Time exhibition, the RedBall Project is a 250-pound red, inflated sculptural installation that has been squeezed into unexpected spaces in cities across the globe – Abu Dhabi, Paris, Toronto, Sydney and Montreal, among them. Around the world viewers have become participants as they bounce, photograph, discuss and explore their city in new ways.
Perschke has selected 10 locations to place the RedBall during its stay in the Glass City. Each day the 15-foot-in-diameter red ball will go to a different site, ending back at the Museum Aug. 23, this time on the Peristyle Terrace.
A Chicago native, Perschke works in sculpture, video, collages and public space. He travels the world with the RedBall to explore the unique architectural landscape and history of each city he visits, in essence, making the city itself a canvas.
“The magnetic, playful and charismatic nature of RedBall allows the work 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 the imagination,” Perschke has said of the work.
Here is a schedule of where the public can view the RedBall Project in Toledo:
Friday, Aug. 14: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion, 2444 Monroe St.
Saturday, Aug. 15: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Toledo Farmer’s Market, 155 S. Superior St.
Sunday, Aug. 16: 1-8 p.m., Across from Fifth Third Field, corner of Huron and Washington
Monday, Aug. 17: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Toledo Edison Building, 300 Madison Ave.
Tuesday, Aug. 18: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., ProMedica Steam Plant, Corner of Madison Avenue and Water Street. RedBall will be located in a window facing Promenade Park. The artist will discuss the role of public art in city spaces with Halona Norton-Westbrook, co-curator of the Play Time exhibition, and others during a free panel discussion at noon in Promenade Park.
Wednesday, Aug. 19: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Roulet Jewelers, alley between 405 S. Madison St. and 413 Madison St.
Thursday, Aug. 20: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., North Erie and Adams Streets, alley between 338 N. Erie St. and 340 N. Erie St.
Friday, Aug. 21: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Boyd’s Retro Candy Store, 954 Phillips Ave.
Saturday, Aug. 22: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Side Cut Metropark, Located in Lock #1
Sunday, Aug. 23: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Terrace, 2445 Monroe St.
The Museum’s popular Play Time exhibition, which continues through Sept. 6, was conceived and curated by Amy Gilman, associate director and curator of contemporary art, and Halona Norton-Westbrook, a Mellon Fellow at the Museum and associate curator of contemporary art. The exhibition is sponsored in part by ProMedica and made possible by members of the Toledo Museum of Art and the sustainable grant program of the Ohio Arts Council. Admission to the Museum and Play Time is free.