This massive red ball is on a roll to NC

Anahid Vrana, who works for the Morehead Cain Foundation, left, is delighted to find the traveling art piece by artist Kurt Perschke, the RedBall project, being inflated between the columns at UNC’s South Building on Thursday morning, Sept. 20, 2018.Juli Leonard

A big red ball — emphasis on big — will bounce into Chapel Hill Thursday, sticking around long enough to become the coolest thing in your Instagram feed.

We’re talking 250 pounds and 15 feet in diameter when inflated. Yes, it will be ginormous.

And the artist urges you to pose and play with the ball to your heart’s content.

The RedBall Project from Asheville-based artist Kurt Perschke, and it will be installed in seven locations at UNC and in Chapel Hill, with the locations changing each day between Sept. 20 to 26.

It’s a birthday present of sorts to the community from the Ackland Art Museum. The UNC art museum is using the public art project to help kick off its year-long 60th birthday celebration.

The museum also is opening a new exhibit Friday, Sept. 21, called “Birthday Presents,” which will showcase 60 pieces of art from 30 donors.

But the RedBall Project, which has traveled around the world — from Paris to Taipei to Chicago — is sure to catch the attention of even the most casual observer.

It will debut at South Building Thursday, taking an hour or so to inflate the sphere made of heavy-duty PVC fabric. Then it will move to the Undergraduate Library on Friday and the Hanes Arch next to the Ackland on Saturday before it rolls across the street to the alley next to the Varsity movie theater.

Look for it to continue its travels to Koury Residence Hall on UNC’s South Campus before it heads away from campus Tuesday, to the Chapel Hill Public Library. It will end its roll Wednesday back at UNC.

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