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RedBall Project Rochester to take place June 6 - June 12, 2015

Release Date: March 19, 2015

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RedBall Project Rochester to take place June 6 – June 12, 2015.

ROCHESTER, Minn. --- March 19, 2015---- New York artist Kurt Perschke will bring his world-traveled RedBall Project public art exhibit to Rochester June 6 – 12. During its time in Rochester, the RedBall will be placed in seven different strategically located sites throughout Rochester, hand selected by Perschke during his visit to Rochester in November 2014.  While these sites are currently a secret, they will be revealed in April 2015.

Appearing in cities like St. Louis, Portland, Paris and Grand Rapids, the RedBall weighs in at 250lbs (with or without the air) and is approximately 15 feet tall. Why red? Red invites a sense of play making it both visually engaging and interactive.

The RedBall Project is supported by the Rochester Downtown Alliance’s (RDA) Downtown Cultural Initiatives Committee (DCI).  In keeping with the RDA's mission and vision, along with the DCI Committee’s commitment to making arts and downtown vibrant, the DCI Committee felt a large scale, forward thinking event that recognizes the significance of contemporary art will help engage the community and the surrounding region. 

“On behalf of the RDA, I’m extremely pleased to announce our first presentation of internationally acclaimed public art!” said Al Mannino, DCI Committee Chair. “The conceptual ‘RedBall Project’ has toured the world for the past eight years, and its June appearance marks its return home with an exhibition in our downtown!”

Perschke uses the RedBall Project as a means to explore each city’s unique architectural landscape and history by squeezing the RedBall between buildings and hoisting it above bridges, punctuating overlooked possibilities.

“I am excited to welcome Kurt and the Redball Project to Rochester,” said Jenna Bowman, RDA Executive Director. “RedBall Project Rochester will offer the community an opportunity to engage with a piece of public art in a unique way.  The RDA is energized about the opportunity to offer this experience to the community as well as the potential for amazing partnerships.  RedBall Project Rochester is completely different than anything the organization has done before. It pushes the limits of what has been done and hopefully, opens up dialogue about opportunity in the future,” she said.

In addition to the seven sites, the Rochester Art Center will exhibit a collection of Perschke’s drawings and collage June 6-August 15, 2015.  In an effort to raise awareness about the RedBall Project Rochester, the DCI Committee will be holding presentations to the community.  If you are interested in scheduling a presentation, please contact Karli McElroy at 507-424-5666 or

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