Nothing makes me happier than when #artattacks.
Kurt Perschke of course has already made a name for himself with his Red Ball project. You know, the 4.5m high, 113kg red ball that has been traveling the world, being unceremoniously inserted into all kinds of nooks and crannies. The result of these interventions often has residents questioning and reassessing their spatial environments. Usually the ball, which has traveled to a few dozen cities around the world over the years, is crammed into unusual spaces, such as was the case in Sydney when it was lodged into the Sydney Harbour Bridge. But it's the ball's latest outing in Toledo that caught everybody's interest. Unintentionally.
Usually, the ball is lodged firmly into its environs, and occasionally also invites people to play with it. I know that sounds like a horrible metaphor for some of you, but you've got your minds back in the gutter again. Get it out for a second. The fun thing is that in Toledo in recent days, the ball escaped its captivity and took off on a rampage, sending pedestrians fleeing! LOVE IT! I'm sorry Kurt that I'm loving this unexpected performance piece slash flash mob turn of events, but if it's any consolation your giant red ball on a rampage made me smile in what was otherwise a dismal week of bad news on top of more bad news.
The truth has it that there was a storm in Toledo, and that the combination of thunder and rain loosened the ball from its location at the Toledo Museum of Art, and set it off on its rampage where it killed... oh wait, it didn't hurt anybody. It just rolled around and made people reconsider more than one urban space. But it would've been so cool to see it. Totally like a Rimbaldi energy source come to life (that's an ALIAS reference for you geeks out there).
More at Gawker. Meanwhile, I'm going to go and work out where Toledo is.