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RedBall Project rolls into Chapel Hill

To celebrate the Ackland Art Museum's 60th anniversary, the museum is hosting the world-renowned RedBall Project for a weeklong performance throughout campus.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s color palette of Carolina blue and white is iconic.

But for the next week, the Ackland Art Museum is adding a splash of a new color to the campus.

As part of Ackland’s 60th-anniversary celebration, Asheville-based artist Kurt Perschke has brought his world-renowned RedBall Project to the campus for a weeklong performance. The installation will be on display at various campus and town locations through Sept. 26.

“We wanted to have RedBall in Chapel Hill because it’s a fantastic project,” said Katie Ziglar, director of the Ackland Art Museum. “It’s a big birthday for us, and we thought it would be a wonderful birthday present to the campus and the town to bring the RedBall Project here.”

Considered the world’s longest-running street artwork, the RedBall project is a 15-foot-diameter inflatable red ball that is installed in unlikely and familiar locations to encourage people to reconsider their everyday surroundings with a fresh perspective.

The installation has been to more than 30 cities around the world including Abu Dhabi, Taipei, Perth, London, Barcelona, St. Louis, Portland, Sydney, Scottsdale, Chicago and Toronto.

“RedBall is really about inviting people in to explore their own city and RedBall is really about playing the spaces of a city,” Perschke said. “For me, a sense of public imagination is what RedBall is about.”

Location schedule
Sept. 21: Robert B. House Undergraduate Library
Sept. 22: Hanes Arch next to Ackland Art Museum
Sept. 23: Varsity Alley, alongside 121 East Franklin Street
Sept. 24: Koury Residence Hall
Sept. 25: Chapel Hill Public Library
Sept. 26: Forest Theatre