Montreal's having a ball with Kurt Perschke's creation

Brooklyn-based sculptor Kurt Perschke has been travelling the world for the past 10 years with a giant red ball. Now it's Montreal's turn.

Five-metre high vinyl ball tours the city all week

The RedBall perches on a ledge at Places des Arts. (Scott Tresham/CBC)

Brooklyn-based sculptor Kurt Perschke has been travelling the world for the past 10 years with a giant red ball.  He’s been to Abu Dhabi, Taipei, Perth, Barcelona, Korea, Portland and Sydney among others.  

This week, he’s squeezing the inflatable RedBall into nooks and crannies in Project Tour: Montreal.

Kids say the five-metre high vinyl ball looks like a giant tomato. Grown-ups say it makes the city fun to explore.

Perschke created the RedBall Project to get people to look on their city with fresh eyes.   

Listen to my conversation with Kurt Perschke recorded on the terrace of Place des Arts on Labour Day.

Follow the Red Ball on Twitter #RedBallProject and send us your photos with the hashtag #CBCMTL.

Mobile users: Listen to Perschke tell the tale of his globe-trotting RedBall

Montrealers can follow the Red Ball around the city all week:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 2 – 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Parterre (De Maisonneuve/Clark) in the Quartier des Spectacles
  • Wednesday, Sept. 3 – 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Berson Monuments (3884 Saint Laurent Boulevard)
  • Thursday, Sept. 4 – 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Former Canadian Pacific Jean-Talon Railway Station (Parc Metro station)
  • Friday, Sept. 5 – 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Bank of Montreal (119 Saint Jacques St. W.)
  • Saturday, Sept. 6 – 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.​ Espace La Fontaine at Parc La Fontaine


Jeanette Kelly works as the arts reporter at CBC Montreal. She's also the host of Cinq à Six, Quebec's Saturday afternoon culture show on CBC Radio One.