Giant red ball art project tours California as Powerball promotion

The RedBall Project made a stop in downtown Los Angeles this week as part of its 10-day tour of California.
(Nita Lelyveld / Los Angeles Times)

It was hard to miss the big red ball wedged underneath a downtown Los Angeles marquee this week.

But in case you didn’t catch it, the same ball is set to make appearances throughout California in the coming days.

The inflatable red ball, part of a public art project by New York-based artist Kurt Perschke, was set up in Hollywood on Wednesday and was slated to move to downtown’s Pershing Square on Thursday before eventually heading to San Francisco and Sacramento.


The public art project -- appropriately titled RedBall Project -- was also spotted Tuesday at the Edgemar Building in Santa Monica.

In a statement on the project’s website, Perschke said it was an “opportunity as an artist to be a catalyst for new encounters within the everyday.”

In an interview with KTLA-TV, Perschke said he has seen a range of reaction from spectators: Some snap photos, others try to touch it. Some people, he said, are so taken aback they pretend not to stare.

Though the ball has appeared in cities across the U.S. (Chicago, St. Louis, Portland, Ore.) and overseas (Barcelona, Taipei, Abu Dhabi), it came to the Golden State as California State Lottery promoted Powerball.

The state’s first Powerball drawing will take place in Sacramento on April 10. According to the ball’s schedule, it is slated to end its 10-day California tour at the state lottery’s headquarters in Sacramento that day.



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