Huge Red Ball Rampages Through Toledo


We may not know art, but we know what we like. And what we like is a massive, 250 pound red plastic ball rolling out of control through the streets of Toledo, Ohio.

The ball is the work of an artist named Kurt Perschke, who has been taking it on a whirlwind tour of the United States over the last ten years. Perschke views his enormous red ball as a way to incite discussions about public art, as well as facilitate new experiences, but his Toledo visit pushed both of those to the limit.

On the sixth day of its Ohio residency, Perschke had installed the ball in an alley downtown. However, powerful winds were able to build up enough pressure to push the globe out of its position and send it rolling wildly down the street. Thankfully, observers with video cameras caught the whole thing as the ball tumbled past a parking garage and then took a pretty clean left turn down another street.

A group of Good Samaritans chased down the big red ball and managed to stop it before it could do anything worse than clipping a stop sign and bumping a few parked cars, none of which were damaged. The ball probably would have stopped under its own power soon enough, as it incurred some damage on its brief wild ride through the streets of Toledo.

Repairs have been conducted and the Red Ball is now getting ready to move on to its next port of call in Marseille, France.