Featured as part of a Toledo Museum of Art exhibit titled the RedBall Project, the 15 foot-wide red sphere had been wedged between Roulet Jewelers and Ice Restaurant before a thunderstorm and strong winds knocked the ball loose, causing it to roll away.
"It started pouring rain, so the ball was wet and slippery," Kelly Garrow, the museum's director of communications, told ABC News. "The wind picked up, and it popped up and just started going. You can see in the video that's going viral that it rolled about halfway down a block and then mysteriously took a left-hand turn. It made its way partially down the street before people caught up with it."
The ball was chased down by a few "minders" hired by the artist, as well as some museum staff and even a restaurant waiter. They were able to track the ball down and deflate it. The ball was then put in a trailer for repair.
A street sign was damaged by the ball, but nothing else was damaged and no injuries caused, Garrow said.
"The ball is actually made of the same material as a rubber life raft, so luckily, it was fairly easy to patch," Garrow told ABC News. "It was ready the next day, and today, it's at Boyd's Retro Candy Store. It's here in Toledo until Monday, and it'll continue being showcased around the city for the days it has left here."
Kurt Perschke, the sculpture's artist, said that he didn't intend for the ball to let loose, but is happy that no one was hurt.
"In the 10 years of this installation, nothing like this has ever [sic] happened," Perschke said. "We're just glad no one was hurt. It's a huge soft ball that doesn't crush things. However like a boat with lots of sail and no rudder, it can really move in high winds."
The RedBall Project is part of the museum's "Play Time" exhibition this summer, and has previously been lodged at locations in Paris, Toronto, Sydney and other cities across the globe.