World’s Longest Running Public Art Installation Comes Thursday to Chapel Hill

Post Date:09/19/2018 10:20 AM

The RedBall Project is a traveling public art work by Asheville-based artist Kurt Perschke. Considered “the world’s longest-running street art work,” the piece features a 250-pound, 15-foot-diameter inflatable red ball that is installed in both unlikely and familiar sites within a city. A blend of architectural intervention and community engagement, the piece has been to over 25 cities around the world, including Abu Dhabi, Taipei, Perth, London, Barcelona, St. Louis, Portland, Sydney, Scottsdale, Chicago, and Toronto.

As its gift to town and campus in celebration of its 60th anniversary, the Ackland Art Museum is bringing this internationally renowned sculptural installation to Chapel Hill for a week-long performance beginning Thursday, Sept. 20.

Over seven consecutive days, the giant ball will move through Chapel Hill, changing its location daily and playfully inviting all audiences to reconsider their everyday surroundings with a fresh perspective.


  • Thursday, Sept. 20: South Building, UNC Campus
  • Friday, Sept. 21: Robert B. House Undergraduate Library, UNC Campus
  • Saturday, Sept. 22: Hanes Arch next to Ackland Art Museum, UNC Campus
  • Sunday, Sept. 23: Varsity Alley, alongside 121 East Franklin St.
  • Monday, Sept. 24: Koury Residence Hall, UNC Campus and 480 Ehringhaus Drive
  • Tuesday, Sept. 25: Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26: Forest Theatre, UNC Campus and 123 South Boundary St.


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Upcoming Programs:

RedBall Artist Talk
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 4 p.m.
Chapel Hill Public Library

The Ackland Art Museum’s presentation of RedBall Chapel Hill has been made possible by generous support from the Hyde Family Foundation and Arts Everywhere.

The Ackland Art Museum also thanks UNC-Chapel Hill’s Facilities Services, the Department of Housing & Residential Education, the R.B. House Undergraduate Library, the North Carolina Botanical Garden’s Forest Theatre, the Chapel Hill Public Library, and especially the Town of Chapel Hill and its partners for their enthusiastic support of RedBall Chapel Hill.


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