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Portland and Weymouth looking forward to their visit from the Red Ball Project

Weymouth and Portland will be getting a visit from a gigantic red ball this summer as the towns become part of the Red Ball Project, an art project that has been touring the world. So far it has appeared in many countries across the globe including Spain, China and Australia.

The Red Ball Project arrives in the UK in June and will visit London, Exeter, Plymouth and Torbay as well as Weymouth and Portland. The man behind the project, New York artist Kurt Perschke says that the idea is to leave the inflatable 15ft ball in strategic places so that people can look at the architecture in a different light.

The Red Ball UK part of the tour is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad by the Sea, Maritime Mix. It began in March and ends on September 9th. It includes more eighty events and 95 percent of these are free of charge to the public. The idea is to draw interest to the Jurassic coast and Weymouth and Portland.

The area is the second largest Olympic venue after London and will be hosting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing events. The massive programme of events was made possible with support from the Legacy Trust UK, Arts Council England, local authorities and investment from businesses.

The Big Red Ball Project will visit Weymouth and Portland from June 21st until June 24th. It ends up on the South Bank in London on June 27th until July1st. The exact locations for the Ball in Weymouth and Portland have not yet been announced.

As well as prominent sites around the town the Ball will ‘visit’ such places as car parks, underpasses and alleyways, places that people do not even give a second glance to normally.



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