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Red ball rolls to the end of its festival journey

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 May 2010 | UPDATED: 16:42 01 July 2010

The red ball, which has been one of the highlights of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

The red ball, which has been one of the highlights of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

Dan Grimmer

One of the highlights of the festival is the unlikely appearance of a 15-foot inflatable ball in alleys, fire stations and buildings in the city.

Kurt Perscke's iconic red ball has been squashed and squeezed into nooks and crannies across the city for the past 16 days, ending up at Erpingham Gate today where it completes its adventure.

One of the highlights of the festival is the unlikely appearance of a 15-foot inflatable ball in alleys, fire stations and buildings in the city.

Kurt Perscke's iconic red ball has been squashed and squeezed into nooks and crannies across the city for the past 16 days, ending up at Erpingham Gate today where it completes its adventure.

The ball made its UK debut when it arrived at Norwich railway station on Friday May 7 before moving to a number of locations including York Alley, All Saints Green, Pull's Ferry, the Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts and Norwich Castle.

It gave people the opportunity to discover new ways of viewing the city's architectural gems.

Festival organiser Jonathan Holloway said the ball had helped to “complete the festival”.

“It has gone brilliantly,” he said. “People have absolutely loved it. There has been a selection of people who have come back every day to find the ball and they have obviously been very dedicated.

“Over 16 days there were tens of thousands of people who have walked past it and taken a real interest - there have been quite a few fans.

“It appeals to people because it is visually witty, it allows people to see spaces in new ways and it is quirky. It seems to have totally captured people's imagination.

“Kurt loved working here and said the audience in Norwich was brilliant. It really has been great fun.”

The red ball has generated massive public interest and acclaim in cities across the world including Barcelona, Sydney and Toronto.

Kurt Perscke is an artist who works in sculpture, video, collage and public space. Red Ball Project is his most acclaimed work so far.

The ball has been avidly followed by the media, appearing in over one hundred media outlets including magazines, television, newspaper and radio.

In addition to RedBall, Perschke has completed commissions for several institutions including The Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona, the Vienna Technical Museum, and the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis.

Seven ice-cream vans drove their way around city streets last night but it was not Flake 99s they wanted people to enjoy.

Composer, sound designer and theatre director Dan Jones came up with a new piece of music which was played by the vans following a carefully-planned route as melodies echoed from one to another, calling out across great distances through the evening.

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