Friday, September 5, 2008

RedBall Groupies Unite. Day 3 of Kurt Perschke's Project paints The Town 'RED'

SUBTITLE: Lasting Impressions in Shades of Red

Chicago, IL USA: This is my Second Bout with The Red Ball. Call it Intrigue. Call it Curiosity, the movable Sculpture is making its way around Chicago (no pun really intended) and making People talk, think and ponder about Things they ordinarily may not see on The Street...like for an instance: A 15 Foot, 250 pound Plastic Ball, squeezed into some of the most unlikely and tightest of places. How did they do that?

For those of you Readers who want to know something extra: It does fit. Chicago, "the City of Big Shoulders" has always 'had Balls' (gut and wisdom) to be the most creative, innovative and sometimes outrageous in whatever it undertakes and The RedBall Project, created by Artist Kurt Perschke and sponsored by Target Stores (who gives 5% of its income (back) to (the) communities (that their stores are in) - spend over $3,000,000 every week) is doing just that. Who says Entertainment can't be street-side and as compelling as if it were in a Museum, locked behind a hefty entrance fee?

This Month (thanks to Lois Weisberg and those at the Chicago Cultural Center), Chicago is the lucky Recipient of this Touring Entity who is more than 'seeing Red.'

GETTING PHILOSOPHICAL: Thinking is tantamount when you approach The Ball - or Sphere. Your Thoughts and those of others along with their Antics, make it an Event -- as well as Phenomena -- that draws People together immediately. And the Ball is a World Traveler, al-RED-y (no pun really intended this Time) being in Barcelona and Australia, to name a few of its global Stops.

TIME TO ASK:
Therefore, what would some of those Questions or Comments be if you were ball-side? I initially visited The RedBall Project when it was stationed in front of the monumental Spertus Museum on South Michigan on Wednesday, September 3 from 10-6. Today, let's approach the Ball from another angle and find out what others said or think (as well as some of my inner thoughts) -- things I'd have never 'thunk' up if not caught up in the RedBall Mania:

1. You either have a Love or Hate Relationship with 'The Sculpture.'

2. You wonder: Does The Red Ball glow in The Dark?

3. Will The Ball be substituted for the Crystal Ball that drops in Time Square/NYC when the New Year comes rolling on in...December 31, 2008 at 11:59 PM. This could be the start of something big...Let's call up Dick Clark &/or Anderson Cooper and see...

4. The Ball visited a really cool Restaurant, called Wishbone, across the Street from Harpo Studios. Many of TheLadies who visited Oprah's Taping with Tatum O'Neill lunched there afterwards. How many Celebrities can West Washington handle in a day's time? Bets are being placed at this very moment. Is 'West Wash' becoming the new Rodeo Drive of The Midwest? Will a new Target Store be moving into the hood soon?

5. After viewing The RedBall, other Red Balls of various proportions suddenly come to mind. The Red One Way Sign on Van Buren caught my eye; as did the Securitas Car -- whose logo was emblazed with 3 Horizontal Red Circles (flat, non-dimensional, but never-the-less, Red & Ballicular in Nature).

6. Crossing the Bridge, asail on one of our Waterways...or Channels - near Canal Street - was the Wendella Boat with tourists peering from their left to the right of Chicago's fabulous skyline. Has Kurt considered taking or placing THE BALL on a flat boat and sailing it down the Nile perhaps? Weather conditions would have to be 'just right,' but I couldn't help but think of these People with the Red Ball out on the Stern of that Boat. Now, that's a Statement, if I heard of any.

7. Lastly, for My Day 2 of 'Having a Ball with the Ball,' what will Target ever think (of) to top this PAD: Public Art Display?

Inquiring Minds want to know. If you have any rough & RED-dy Thoughts on this Query or any others fathomed in this Writing, feel free to email them to me at:

askoopersmith@hotmail.com


post them below under Comments or visit The REDBALL PROJECT @

http://www.redballproject.com/

and send it directly to them. Director Tony G. is filming a Documentary of the entire Chicago Stay and hopes you can make it to a (or many) of the upcoming RedBall Project Events that follow:

9-6-2008: The Field Museum
9-7-2008: Grant Park, Museum Campus Viaduct
9-10-2008: 17TH Church of Christ, Scientist at Wacker & Wabash
9-13-2008: Wicker Park at Damon & North Avenue
9-14-2008: North Av. Beach Chess Pavillion
9-19-2008: Hyde Park Art Center
9-20-2008: IIT's McCormick Tribune Campus Center
9-23-2008: 19 South LaSalle
9-24-2008: Federal Plaza
9-25-2008: Chicago Cultural Center

From somebody who likes the different; talking to new people and seeing reactions live and spontaneously, the RedBall Project has those elements and much more! It's GORF-recommended!

C U Ball-side!

REPORTED BY:
ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
GORF Werks Central
'Home of The Grin Reaper' - Chicago's First Green Mascot &
The Icon of the Green Movement
Chicago - chicaGORF - IL USA

POSTED:
Friday, September 5, 2008 - 2:37 PM CST
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2 comments:

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Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith said...

CLOSING COMMENTS ON ‘TARGETING’ THE ART OF CREATIVITY

Written & Submitted by:
Klancy Perkins
Assistant to: ASK
December 31, 2008 – 10:20 AM CST

ASK, ADRIENNE SIOUX KOOPERSMITH, a long-time Chicago Resident, emitted an extremely enthusiastic response for Cameraman/Director of Photography/Filmmaker, TONY GADDIS of St. Louis, Missouri who asked her to say a few words about her initial Reaction to Kurt Perschke’s Redball Project that was stationed in front of the Restaurant called Wishbone-on-Washington (merely a stone’s throw from Harpo Studio – Home of the Oprah Winfrey Show) on Friday, September 5, 2008. Being an Artist, Writer, Lifestyle Conceptualist and hailed as: ‘America’s Premier Eventologist’ in her own ‘Rite of Passage’ as well as an ardent Fan for all Things RED, one of the 3 Primary Colors of the Universe, ADRIENNE spoke to TONY at length about what she personally felt KP’s Contribution to The World of Sculpture was and what The Sculpture symbolized in its month-long stay in Chicago, the 3rd largest Marketplace in the USA. This was (after all) her 2ND of 15 Visits (having sadly missed its First at the Millennium Park) she would make TO THE BALL (as she termed the EVENT) and a RED-imentary Way to get out for The Month and Mingle.

Seeing and charting The Pulse and Reaction of others as they stopped, stared and encircled THE BALL (that measures 15 feet high) was an Adventure in Human Nature. Promoting Popular Culture for nearly 30 years via her PRAM (Public Relations/Advertising/Marketing) Company, KOOPERSMITH’s GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS, ASK knew exactly what Manhattan Sculptor, Kurt Perschke was aiming to do with his monstrously BIG RED RUBBER BALL.

Later, after they got to know each other, ADRIENNE joined the Team by becoming their official Daily Blogger contributing 22 BLOGS (equating to 24,656 Words) on her Forbes’ hailed BLOG called: KOOPERSMITHIN’ ® that appeared in September – solely devoted to THE REDBALL PROJECT.

HOW’D HE DO THAT? Kurt garnered the Assistance of one of the top 3 greatest Retail Giants in the Northern Hemisphere that coincidentally was RED-dy to help. Most of the General Population was not aware that Target would soon be opening up 36 new Stores on October 14TH in 21 States, after a near Total Collapse of the American as well as Global Meltdown (in October, 2008) -- within just a month. Seeing a Big RedBall appear out of nowhere instantly made a Person smile and wonder…why or why not.

‘Giving Back’ to The Community (in an otherwise greedy, ‘take-it-all’ World) ASK surmised was an incredible Marketing Strategy aimed towards The People to show, overall, and on a Grand Scale that even when Times are slim and sparse, there is Solidarity at work highlighted by a Flaming Red Event, all within The Bounce of a Ball. Being an Attention-Getter, once a Person’s Attention is within reach and secured, any Conversation and Dialogue can ensue and hopefully, it will be beneficial to both participating Parties.

For those viewing The Reel found online at:

http://www.thefountainstudio.com/rbpc.html

ASK also promotes GORF (the 24.5” plush TOY FROG with the infectious 11” Smile) as ‘Chicago’s First Green Mascot’ & ‘The Icon of the Green Movement’ (who coincidentally has two big Red Eyeballs or Orbs). She is holding him during her Commentary that Filmmaker, TONY GADDIS was shooting at The Wishbone Restaurant. GORF continuously accompanied ADRIENNE as she attended each RedBall Event and used as a Photographic Prop during the entire Duration of the REDBALL PROJECT as the Parallel of how both REDBALL & GORF ran along similar parallels and makes an Artistic Statement in and of itself.


QUOTING CLARENCE: Clarence Lipideau (after seeing the Video believes Tony’s Taped Commentary was): “The most positive Statement Target could have received from a Civilian. No script or state-of-the-art New York City Ad Firm could have placed those poignant Words into Koopersmith’s Mouth. Her Testimonial is definitely worth its Weight in ‘Gold’ or should we say Red Rubies to keep with the Theme. When I saw Adrienne’s Segment, it was so spontaneous, fresh, upbeat, real and true, it inspired me to exude my Appreciation for the Content of the Moment.”

CONCLUDING REMARKS: Target Corporation, the #2 Discount Chain Store Retailer is not like Wall Street Financiers in the sense that it houses unscrupulous Overlords and Swindlers. “Every Man” (Woman & Child) is Target’s Bed-and-Butter. Their Corporate Mission is to treat People the Way ‘The People’ deserve to be treated, with Respect, Dignity and Provisions or Opportunities to score great Products, super(b) Deals as well as knowing and feeling (deep down) that when their Customer returns home, that Trip is with Money in their Pocket(s). Scalping or Robbing is not in their Vocabulary or Business Plans. To Koopersmith, this is the Continuation of ‘The American Dream’ which is quickly dissolving in too many People’s Lives.

“Target puts the FUN and FUNDS (back) into Shopping.”
QUOTE OF ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
Monday, December 22, 2008 – 11:34 AM CST.

CONTACT:
Tony Gaddis for his 2009 Filmmaking Schedule at: tony(at)thefountainstudio(dot)com

&

Kurt Perschke for his future Art Projects that include The RedBall Project’s June, 2009 Appearance in Toronto, Canada during their Luminato Festival at: kurt(at)redballproject(dot)com

CONTACT INFO: To hire ASK to appear in your Print Ads and Commercials for 2009, contact her directly at:

Adrienne.Sioux.Koopersmith@gmail.com
askoopersmith@hotmail.com
or
847-533-4315

Green Groups (those environmentally conscious) may contact GORF at:

askgorf@yahoo.com


EDITORIAL NOTE:
ASK’s RedBall Blogs are found at:

October 1, 2008
http://adriennesiouxkoopersmith.blogspot.com/2008/10/stemming-from-kurt-perschkes-redball.html

& for the entire Month of September, these earlier Blogs begin at:

http://adriennesiouxkoopersmith.blogspot.com/2008_09_01_archive.html

and chronologically run (back-words) from September 30 – September 3 (2008).