September 05, 2008


Report from the Windy City:

Spertus Institute

Day 2 of the RedBall Project was a huge success.  The stunning 10-story faceted window wall that forms the facade of the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies (designed by award-winning Chicago firm of Krueck + Sexton) proved to be an amazing site and back-drop for the installation to work its magic.  On bustling South Michigan Avenue with nearby art schools in session (Columbia College + the Art Institute of Chicago within blocks) the students were the bulk of the intrigued audience.  That said, Chicago’s finest construction teams took in the RedBall on their lunch breaks as did the US OLYMPIC Team - medal-clad and all. (They were in town being hosted by Oprah at Millennium Park and whizzed by on double-decker buses with their best Olympian waves to the RedBall, lots of practice at this point).

NBC spent the better half of the day filming and WTTW/Channel 11(PBS) also appeared later in the day to capture footage and interview Kurt (Perschke).

The biggest fan of the day had to be Dr. Howard A. Sulkin, President of the Spertus.  So enthralled with the project and the public’s reaction he escorted Kurt and the RedBall team up to the balcony of the building for a breathtaking birds-eye view of the RedBall (and the City of Chicago)...

Kurt’s ‘Red Ball Project - Chicago’  runs through September 25th, the longest running exhibition to date.  Check out the exhibit website to follow the wedged ball!

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

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