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A big red ball is attracting a curious audience in Rochester

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A big red ball has rolled into Rochester – and it's attracting a curious audience.

People are touching it, taking pictures with it, or just staring at it, ABC 6 reports.

And that's the point. The 15-foot, 250-pound inflatable red ball is part of New York-based artist Kurt Perschke's RedBall Project, a public art project meant to invite people to be a part of the art and play with the ball.

"As far as having a piece of public art that you can literally touch and run into and truly engage with, that's just a really fantastic opportunity," Jenna Bowman, executive director of Rochester Downtown Alliance, told MPR News.

It made it's debut Saturday in Rochester after showing up more than two dozen cities around the globe, including Chicago, Perth, Barcelona, Sydney, Galway, among others.

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"It's the coolest thing that this thing has come to Rochester," Catherine McBride told the Rochester Post Bulletin, noting it's a sign that the city is becoming a cultural destination. "It's been to all of these huge cities, and now it's here. I want my children to see when art happens in the community."

The ball debuted at the Rochester Arts Center Saturday, and many people stopped by to see what the RedBall was all about.

Helen Roland, who was curious to know the RedBall's purpose, told KTTC, "I was wondering why it hadn't been there earlier, it just looks perfect in this spot."

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The RedBall Project will appear in different places around Rochester through Friday, June 12, the Rochester Downtown Alliance says. Perschke will also have an exhibit – RedBall Project Drawings & Collage – at the Rochester Art Center through Aug. 9.

The RedBall Project can be seen everyday this week from noon-7 p.m. at the following locations:

  • June 7: The Pedestrian Bridge to Government Center.
  • June 8: Mayo Clinic, Plummer Building, Plummer Doors.
  • June 9: Peace Plaza, Kahler Grand Awning.
  • June 10: 600 Block of 6th Avenue Northwest.
  • June 11: Thursdays on First & 3rd, Historic 3rd Street.
  • June 12: Mayo Building, Annenburg Plaza.

Then the RedBall Project will go on to Ohio and then France, ABC 6 notes.

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