Rolling into Town

MSUM had the good fortune of helping to bring a travelling art project considered “the world’s longest-running street art work” to Fargo-Moorhead. The RedBall rolled into the community Oct. 4-10.

MSUM Art Professor Brad Bachmeier ’93 (art) initiated a conversation about the RedBall Project with Plains Art Museum Director and CEO Andy Maus ’02 (art) ’11 (public administration). Bachmeier has been part of discussions about public art with local government officials, and he thought the RedBall Project seemed like a great experiment for the community.

“It seemed like a perfect opportunity for us to collaborate on a piece of public art and introduce the community to what public art can be in a non-threatening, fun, whimsical way,” Bachmeier said.

Maus agreed, saying it would be a an opportunity “to elevate the dialogue about public art for the city.”

Each day of its visit, the RedBall traveled to various parts in the community, including near the gates of the MSUM campus.

“(The) true power of the project is what it can create for those who experience it,” said RedBall artist Kurt Perschke. “It opens a doorway to imagine, ‘What if?’ As RedBall travels around the world, people approach me on the street with excited suggestions about where to put it in their city. In that moment, the person is not a spectator, but a participant in the act of imagination.”

Since debuting in 2001, the RedBall has traveled to 32 locations around the world, including Paris, Montréal, Abu Dhabi, Taipei, and now Fargo-Moorhead.