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August 6, 2021 - January 2, 2022

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Developed in partnership with Santa Cruz-based skateboard company NHS, this exhibition will highlight the largest collection of Jim Phillips studio art, largely unseen since 1984.

Debuting at the MAH, will launch the worldwide tour of this exhibition which will travel throughout 2021.

RedBall Locations & Schedule

Del Mar Theatre Rendering by artist Kurt Perschke

Tuesday, June 8, 11 am to 6 pm | Santa Cruz Wharf

  • 21 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz

Wednesday, June 9, 11 am to 6 pm | Del Mar Theater in Downtown Santa Cruz

  • 1124 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz

Thursday, June 10, 11am to 6 pm | Esplanade Park Bandshell near Capitola Village

  • 120 Monterey Avenue, Capitola

Friday, June 11, 11am to 6 pm | Cabrillo College Downtown Watsonville Center

  • 318 Union Street, Watsonville

Saturday, June 12, 11am to 6 pm | The MAH in Downtown Santa Cruz

  • 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz

Sunday, June 13, 11am to 6 pm | Cowell's Beach

  • 21 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz
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“I utilize my opportunity as an artist to be a catalyst for new encounters within the everyday. The magnetic, playful, and charismatic nature of RedBall allows the work to access the imagination embedded in all of us”

Kurt Perschke

In Santa Cruz

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Well Traveled

The RedBall has been in over 26 cities: St. Louis (2001), Portland (2005), Chicago (2007), Scottsdale (2008), Grand Rapids (2008), Toronto (2008), California (2013), Montreal (2014), Rochester (2015), Toledo (2015), Barcelona (2002), Norwich (2010), UK Olympic Tour (2012), Leuven (2012), Paris (2013), Lausanne (2013), Rennes (2014), Galway (2014), Mons (2015), Marseille (2015), Bordeaux (2015), Busan Biennale (2006), Taipei (2009), Abu Dhabi (2011), Sydney (2003), Perth (2012)

Meet the Artist



Kurt Perschke

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In the News

Attention Santa Cruzans, the summer of the big red ball is coming!

"The 15-foot RedBall is planning a summer residency in Santa Cruz County [...] it will show up in a different place to be inflated on site. Then it will hang out to pose for selfies and interact with the curious public, just as it’s done in Barcelona, Paris, Busan, Sydney, Montreal, and long list of other chic places, soon to include li’l ol’ Santa Cruz. In fact, other than brief stops in Los Angeles and San Francisco several years ago, Santa Cruz is the first place in California the RedBall will have visited."

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Global art project eyes Santa Cruz County

"Perschke says that RedBall is less about the ball itself as a sculpture, and more about audiences’ experiences. He and his team use their website and social media to connect with audiences before, during and after the piece visits their city.

“It’s more about the social experience,” he said. “People just notice it and come over to see what’s going on. Conversations start up. Strangers start to engage with each other.”

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Red Ball FAQ

"The piece came directly out of working with an urban site for a commission. I had been offered an opportunity to develop an idea for one of three sites in St. Louis through the Arts in Transit program. I kept coming back to this ugly area, underneath an overpass with a bit of gravel on the ground. It had clearly been offered up because it was one of those leftover spots in a city, but I was drawn to the way the concrete bridge merged into the earth and the space is created. RedBall came out of my thinking about that space, and how to show what I was seeing." – Kurt Perschke

"Red invites a sense of play. Red is the color of energy and love. It’s always been red, even when I first drew it." – Kurt Perschke

It's a happy coincidence that the MAH's logo is also a red ball. And the MAH's logo draws inspiration from the red ball sculpture found on the corner of Front & Cooper Street.

There is only one. This is one well-traveled ball.

No. Before the performance begins, the sites are always announced to the public.

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