Kurt Perschke

RedBall Project

test run- Chess Pavilion, North Ave. Beach Chicago
Photo:Thomas Marlow.

August 19, 2008

Kurt Perschke
RedBall: Chicago

September 1 – 25, 2008

25 Days.15 Sites.1 RedBall
megan [​at​] meganrileyprojects.com


Artist Kurt Perschke’s RedBall Project, an ongoing site-specific installation, has been traveling the globe, adopting cities as its canvas. From Barcelona to Busan to Sydney, the sculptural performance has garnered public, critical and media attention worldwide. From September 1 – 25, 2008, The RedBall Project Chicago sponsored by Target will migrate throughout Chicago’s unique architectural landscape and history – each location carefully considered by the artist. Site locations include Millennium Park, Spertus Museum, Hyde Park Art Center, IIT’s McCormick Tribune Campus Center, the Chicago Cultural Center, and more. The RedBall will also be found atop bridges and wedged into alleys, as Perschke’s decisions address not only architecture and urban space, but also anticipate the flow of people, traffic and the observer’s eye.

Compressed into each site, the 15-foot inflatable sphere changes its own shape as well as the space it inhabits, directly reflecting our experience of metropolitan density. Perschke conceives that RedBall is “a surrogate to our own body’s navigation of urban environment and ultimately a transferable act of imagination.” His interest is presenting the public with a momentary experience in their every day. He adds, “In that moment the person is not a spectator but a participant in the act of creativity. That invitation to engage, to collectively imagine, is the true essence of the RedBall Project. And like all good sculpture, the RedBall Project brings out the impulse to touch.”

To follow the project’s migration in Chicago and beyond, visit www.redballproject.com The RedBall Project Chicago is a special project of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs’ Public Art Program

About the artist
Kurt Perschke’s public projects have earned him a national award from the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network. Perschke has worked with Contemporary Art Museums in Barcelona and St. Louis and participated in the Busan Biennale. His video work has been screened in Europe and the US. Having lived in New York, St. Louis, the Virgin Islands and his native city Chicago, his work is in institutional and private collections throughout the states. He currently lives and works in New York City.

About the Public Art Program
For thirty years, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs’ Public Art Program has been actively commissioning art for the City of Chicago. Local, national and international artists have created unique works for the city’s libraries, police stations, senior centers and other municipal buildings. The collection has grown to over 700 pieces gracing the City’s public spaces. The Public Art Program also oversees special projects that further contribute to the cultural enrichment of Chicago by creating and placing artwork in very public and occasionally unexpected sites. The RedBall Project Chicago sponsored by Target is one of these projects. . For more information, visit www.CityofChicago.org/PublicArt

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target serves guests at 1,613 stores in 47 states nationwide by delivering today’s best retail trends at affordable prices. Target is committed to providing guests with great design through innovative products, in-store experiences and community partnerships. Whether visiting a Target store or shopping online at Target.com, guests enjoy a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to thousands of unique and highly differentiated items. Since 1946, the corporation has invested five percent of its income in the communities it serves. Target (NYSE:TGT) gives more than 3 million USD a week to its local communities through grants and special programs. Target partners with nonprofit organizations, guests and team members to help meet community needs.

“At Target, we are committed to making the arts affordable and accessible to youth and families across the country,” said Laysha Ward, president, community relations, Target. “Through our partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs, we hope that the Chicago community enjoys the experience of interacting with the one-of-a-kind RedBall Project installations.”

Press + Artist Liaison:


City of Chicago:

RedBall Project

RSVP for Kurt Perschke
RedBall Project
August 19, 2008

Thank you for your RSVP.

RedBall Project will be in touch.

I have read e-flux’s privacy policy and agree that e-flux may send me announcements to the email address entered above and that my data will be processed for this purpose in accordance with e-flux’s privacy policy*

Thank you for subscribing to e-flux

Feel free to subscribe to additional content from the e-flux platform.