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January 19, 2010 | Comment

There are 12 categories for the Beyond Sport Awards 2010 covering the entire sporting spectrum of
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These categories are split into three clear sections
Beyond Sport Community Awards; Corporation and Federation Awards; and the Judges’ Awards.

The Shortlisted entries from each category will receive:
A free invitation to the Beyond Sport Summit on September 27-30 in Chicago

Flights to and accommodation during the Summit

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The winners of the six Beyond Sport Community Awards will receive a minimum of £10,000 funding each
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Learn more - Beyond Sport Awards 2010


January 02, 2009 | Comment

We made it! 

I wanted to share Kurt Perschke’s new Red Ball Project: Chicago page.  Aside from its excellent design, there are videos of the Red Ball’s long stay in Chi-town this summer, as well as its travels to Sydney, Australia and, er, Portland.  Check it out.


What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

November 24, 2008 | Comment

It was just last February that I made my first venture to Harlem’s House of Hoops, a retail homage to NYC’s tremendous basketball legacy.  Photos of local playground legends and NBA superstars adorn the walls as well as vintage shoes set on elaborate displays, all surrounded by a few real basketball hoops and tons of the latest popular shoes and apparel.

Today’s pics are from my stop at Chicago’s version of House of Hoops...

House of Hoops
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Photos by Mr. Raymond Boyd

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

September 25, 2008 | Comment


I received this email from my good friend, Kurt Perschke, artist of note who is just concluding a month-long residence of the Red Ball Project in his hometown of Chicago.


A group of students came by today, your students, they drove two
hours into the city to see the project.  Said a guy named Kevin
talked to them in Arizona last winter and they’ve been waiting ever
since!  lots of signing the flipbooks (and one of your books which
felt a bit strange), and a whole lot of pictures. I was in a bunch so
only got a few myself.  these kids were great and still so filled
with their experience of you.  its an amazing thing you do my man.

just thought you should know. thurs is last day!  I think I’m leaving
the country and turning off the cell for a week.

best - kurt


BIG congrats, Kurt, for pulling off this month long marathon, the citywide inspirational-installation/media fest that the RBP has become.  And thanks for the heads up on the AZ students checking out the RB.  When people I’ve spoken to receive a takeaway that manifests in an action that helps keep alive what’s been opened up within them - its the best!  My mission is to be that kind of “Katalyst.” 

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

September 19, 2008 | Comment

You know what IT is.  From Fayth aka the Relaxocat, of the NBC5 (Chicago) Street Team:


The Red Ball is exactly that, but it stands 15 feet high, has a weight of 250 pounds, and is constructed of inflated vinyl. Not your average red ball.  It has been moved around within a number of cities in a number of countries, and in September it has been making guest appearances at locations around this city.  Among some of the previous locations are Millennium Park, the Spertus Institute, and the Grant Park underpass.  The next stop is Union Station at Jackson on Sept. 17th with other locations until the end of the month.  My friend and I (thanks for the photo, Paula!) visited the Red Ball at LaSalle and Wacker, but unfortunately I couldn’t nudge it since it was wedged up against the top of the bridge.


The RBP continues to wind its way through the streets of Chicago; follow the meandering ball here.

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

September 05, 2008 | Comment


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?!

September 04, 2008 | Comment


Kurt Pershke, Red Ball Project creator is in Chicago shepherding his art piece through his hometown.  He filed this brief report earlier this week:

Millennium Park - Day One!

It was a great first day for RedBall in Chicago, and a long one. We had ABC and NBC out on site and thousands of people for the Labor Day weekend, and concert with Poi Dog Pondering sponsored by Target…

Kurt also let us know what the weekend schedule for the RRB looks like:

“September 5, 11 am—6 pm: Wishbone (1001 W Washington Blvd.)

September 6, 11 am—4 pm: Field Museum (1400 S. Lake Shore Drive)

September 7, 11 am—6 pm: Grant Park, Museum Campus pedestrian viaduct (under Lake Shore Drive at Roosevelt Rd.)”

If you’re in or near the Windy City, follow the link above to see the full schedule.

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!


August 27, 2008 | 2 comments


The Wednesday Monster is our..uh, huh, hey wait a minute, argh….

”...Do not attempt to adjust your (computer screen).
We are in control of the transmission.
If we wish to make it louder, we will turn up the volume.
If we want it softer, we will turn it down.
We control the horizontal and the vertical…”

We have preempted our regularly scheduled Wednesday Monster post for a very special announcement:

Kurt Perschke‘s Red Ball Project has once again commandeered the cityscape of another defenseless metropolis…This time, the RRB is taking over Chicago!

Artist Kurt Perschke’s RedBall Project, an ongoing site-specific installation, has been traveling the globe, adopting cities as its canvas. From Barcelona to Busan to Sydney, the sculptural performance has garnered public, critical and media attention worldwide. From September 1 - 25, 2008, The RedBall Project Chicago sponsored by Target will migrate throughout Chicago’s unique architectural landscape and history—each location carefully considered by the artist. Site locations include Millennium Park, Spertus Museum, Hyde Park Art Center, IIT’s McCormick Tribune Campus Center, the Chicago Cultural Center, and more. The RedBall will also be found atop bridges and wedged into alleys, as Perschke’s decisions address not only architecture and urban space, but also anticipate the flow of people, traffic and the observer’s eye.

Follow one of the hypertext links above to track the RBP as it weaves through the Windy City.  And of course, we will be providing occasional updates throughout its run, so stay tuned!

We will now relinquish our control of your computer screen.


What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

July 28, 2008 | Comment


What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!