RedBall Chapel Hill

September 20, 2018 - September 26, 2018

The RedBall Project is a traveling public art piece by American artist Kurt Perschke. Considered “the world’s longest-running street artwork” the piece has been to over 25 cities globally and moves through a city with a new site each day of the performance.

RedBall Project, our gift to the community in honor of our 60th anniversary, will take place over seven days. Starting at the Ackland and moving daily throughout UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus and the town of Chapel Hill, the giant ball will pop up in unlikely and familiar places.

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Videos from past RedBall Project performances:
RedBall UK 
RedBall California in Downtown L.A. 

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Giant Red Ball Between Trees

RedBall Project Chapel Hill

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 sixtieth anniversary, the Ackland Art Museum brought this internationally renowned sculptural installation to Chapel Hill for a week-long performance beginning September 20, 2018. Over seven consecutive days, the giant ball move through Chapel Hill, changing its location daily and playfully inviting all audiences to reconsider their everyday surroundings with a fresh perspective.


The RedBall will be on view each day from 11 am until 6 pm.

Thursday, September 20: South Building, UNC Campus

Friday, September 21: Robert B. House Undergraduate Library, UNC Campus

Saturday, September 22: Hanes Arch next to Ackland Art Museum, UNC Campus and 101 South Columbia

Sunday, September 23: Varsity Alley, alongside 121 East Franklin Street

Monday, September 24: Koury Residence Hall, UNC Campus and 480 Ehringhaus Drive

Tuesday,  September 25: Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive

Wednesday, September 26: Forest Theatre, UNC Campus and 123 South Boundary Street

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Upcoming Programs:

RedBall Artist Talk
Tuesday, September 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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Photo credit: RedBall Chapel Hill by Kurt Perschke, photo by Jack Sorokin, Courtesy RedBall Project

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