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    RedBall Project

    by Kurt Perschke



Aug. 14–23 | #redballproject

Kurt Perschke

RedBall Project

RedBall Project: Artist Statement by Kurt Perschke

Through the RedBall Project I utilize my opportunity as an artist to be a catalyst for new encounters within the everyday. 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 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’ve witnessed this from people young and old, from diverse cultures, speaking hundreds of languages across continents, all naturally responding to RedBall’s invitation.

That invitation to engage, to collectively imagine, is the true essence of 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 imaginations.

Artist Panel with Kurt Perschke

Aug. 18: Noon, Promenade Park

Contemporary artist Kurt Perschke has become known around the world for his RedBall Project, a 15-foot tall installation that has appeared in cities worldwide. During this artist panel, Perschke will discuss the role of public art in city spaces with Halona Norton-Westbrook, co-curator of Play Time, and Toledo architects, Paul Hollenbeck, and Robert Seyfang, during a free panel discussion at noon in Promenade Park.


Paul Hollenbeck obtained a Bachelor of Architecture from Miami University in 1970 and soon after embarked on Master of Architecture and Urban Design studies at Cornell University. Paul has over 45 years of architectural and planning experience including 25 years as a Principal at The Collaborative Inc. (TCI). The focus of his practice at TCI included higher education master planning and working with non-profits. In 2009 Paul stepped away from firm ownership to focus more on volunteer activities however, continued to consult with TCI as Principal Emeritus. Paul joined the Toledo Design Center in approximately 2008 and became Chair of the organization in 2013.


Robert Seyfang is the founder of the Toledo Design Center in 2000 prior to retirement from the architectural/planning firm of Seyfang Blanchard Duket Porter in 2001. He was also the founder of the preceding architectural firm of Robert F. Seyfang, A.I.A. in 1971. After graduating from Miami University in 1959 with Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Master of City Design degree in 1961, he became a licensed architect in 1965. Considered an “urban pioneer” in Toledo after buying and completely renovating the Bakery Building in the then emerging historic Toledo Warehouse District in 1998 and moving his architectural firm and residence into the building a year later, he and his wife continue to own and manage the building that consists of five commercial spaces and seven loft residences.

RedBall Project locations announced.




Short Address

Friday, August 14, 2015

11-6 pm

TMA Glass Pavilion

2444 Monroe Street

Saturday, August 15, 2015

8-3 pm

Toledo Farmers Market

155 S. Superior

Sunday, August 16, 2015

1-8 pm

Across from Fifth Third Field

Corner of Huron and Washington

Monday, August 17, 2015

11-6 pm

Toledo Edison Building

300 Madison Ave.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

11-6 pm

ProMedica Steam Plant

Corner of Madison Ave. and Water St.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

11-6 pm

Roulet Jewelers

Alley between 405 Madison Ave. and 413 Madison Ave.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

11-6 pm

N. Erie St. & Adams St.

Alley between 338 N. Erie St. and 340 N. Erie St.

Friday, August 21, 2015

11-6 pm

Boyd’s Retro Candy Store

954 Phillips Avenue

Saturday, August 22, 2015

11-6 pm

Side Cut Metropark

Located in Lock #1

Sunday, August 23, 2015

11-6 pm

TMA Peristyle Terrace

2445 Monroe Street