Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Easter Egg Surprise in New York

Last year my children and I went to New York City for spring break.  We packed many activities into a few short days - Grand Central Station - the NY Public Library - the Empire State Building - Shows at the Lincoln Center - Times Square in the day and at night - the Metropolitan Museum - the Cloisters - the Frick Museum - the Whitney Museum - the Guggenheim Museum - Central Park - the Rockefeller Center and the Top of the Rock viewing deck - multiple taxi rides - one long Bus ride - multiple subway rides and a boat trip around Manhattan Island near the Statue of Liberty.  We ate out.  We got lost. We found unexpected surprises.  We had fun.
Easter Egg hunt 2014 Faberge New York City NYC Egg Hunt
Faberge New York City Egg Hunt - Painted Eggs

One serendipitous find was the 2014 Big Egg Hunt New York display, sponsored by Faberge.  The Big Egg hunt consisted of approximately 235 large (3 foot high) eggs decorated by designers and artists then hidden all over the city.  Near Easter, the eggs were gathered and displayed in and around the Rockefeller Center Plaza.  We "found" the eggs on display there when we went to the Lego store at the Rockefeller Center.

Easter Egg hunt 2014 Faberge New York City NYC Egg Hunt
Faberge New York City Egg Hunt - Eggs and surface detail
I loved everything about the egg collection.  Experiencing the creativity of 100's of artists decorating the same 3D object - "an egg" - can be an inspirational exercise. More then half of the eggs were painted - with with vastly different results - showing a gamut of painting techniques and finishes.
2014 Faberge New York City NYC Easter Egg Hunt
Faberge New York City Egg Hunt - Mosaic Eggs
Other eggs had shells, button, fabric and decoupage treatments.  The textures and colors fascinated the eye, and the bending surface of the egg shape adds to the delight.  There were so many beautiful surface decorating techniques.  Some of my favorite eggs featured mosaics.  Not surprising since I make mosaics, but can many resist this age old technique?
2014 Faberge New York City NYC Easter Egg Hunt
Faberge New York City Egg Hunt - Sculptural Eggs
A variety of eggs were "sculptural", and some artists created abstract sculptural eggs as well.  

Some of these eggs didn't photograph well.   The metal egg in the photo above contains an iridescent sphere in the middle surrounded by people shapes, and looked more impressive in real life.  In fact, most of the eggs appeared more stunning in person.  Reflective surfaces, crowds and little time prevented me from getting better photos.  (Even seeing 200+ eggs in less then 2 hours was a challenge - not surprisingly, I wished I could spend more time.)

abalone Free desktop background by Jeanne Selep
Abalone - Free desktop background 1280 x 1024 pixels
The materials in many of the surface decorations delighted me.  I am including a handful free desktop background images I made from the eggs displayed.  You can download and save these as a computer desktop background.  (I find myself changing desktop backgrounds almost weekly - does anyone else do that?)

Rhinestones Free desktop background by Jeanne Selep
Rhinestones - Free desktop background 1280 x 1024 pixels
Eventually the Eggs were auctioned off for charity, and this once in a lifetime exhibit has now disappeared.  Once home I discovered that Faberge sponsored this hunt once in London in 2012 and once in 2014 in New York.  I feel lucky I "found" these eggs when I did, and I hoped you enjoyed the images.


pearls free desktop background by Jeanne Selep
Pearls - Free desktop background 1280 x 1024 pixels

Once home I discovered that Faberge sponsored this hunt once in London in 2012 and once in 2014 in New York.  I feel lucky I "found" these eggs when I did, and I hoped you enjoyed the images.

Here is an official site showing each egg from New York.

Click on the images to see them enlarged.

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16 comments:

doodles n daydreams said...

How lucky to find this display, what awesome eggs. Such talent to create each one.

Diana

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

Those truly were an amazing find! Have a blessed week.

The Vintage Chateau said...

What a fun Easter Egg hunt! Thanks for sharing. I'm a new follower!
Karee

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Wonderful photos! I was in NYC last spring, also, and saw this exhibit at Rockefeller Center. The eggs were amazing! I blogged about them last year. Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

Stephanie said...

What beautiful and stunning eggs! Your images were a joy to look at and I appreciate you sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Have a wonderful day!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Wow, what a beautiful display of all these eggs. This must have been such a treat. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

Light and Voices said...

I really, really, really enjoyed the cyber tour of Easter Eggs in NY. What a surprise for your children. I think they will remember that trip with you. By the way, beautifully capture photos.
JM, IL

Scrappy quilter said...

Wonderful tour of the Easter eggs. So pretty.

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Jann Olson said...

What a fabulous display! I have never been to NY, but hope to someday. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

The Charm of Home said...

Those eggs are wonderful! Thanks for joining HSH!
Sherry

The Daily DIYer said...

Beautiful art! Live near St. Louis, MO and we have birthday cakes all over the area at different landmarks - each cake is decorated by local artists and designed around the landmark. It's in celebration of St. Louis's 250 birthday!

Lenas Trädgårdsrum said...

Lovely eggpics you are showing!!
Have a great Weekend.
Greetings from Sweden/Lena

Homemade Food Junkie said...

Thanks for sharing your adventures in New York and your amazing find! Loved looking at the eggs!

Jamie Morton said...

These eggs are unique! Never seen something like this, really awesome!


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Wooden Picnic Bench said...

Wonderful photos! Truly amazing! Such talent to create each one. Thanks for sharing!