With the start of April, it almost feels like spring has sprung, and in New York, eggs have started springing up all over the city. These aren’t your typical grown-in-a-hipster-chicken-coop eggs. They are artfully designed egg sculptures, created by artists and designers, and scattered throughout the city as part of a massive Easter egg hunt.
From the Big Egg Hunt Website:
The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt is the world’s biggest egg hunt, with over 260 egg sculptures individually created by leading artists and designers. The sculptures will be placed across the five boroughs of New York City. The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt will officially start on Tuesday, April 1, at 7:00 a.m. and will run until Thursday, April 17, at 11:59 p.m. Following the hunt, all the eggs will be placed in Rockefeller Center until Friday, April 25.
Anyone in the New York City area can participate by downloading an Easter egg basket app. Just like any respectable Easter egg hunt, hunters get the chance to take home a prize. The prize in this case isn’t the eggs themselves (those will be auctioned off later), but gem-encrusted egg-shaped pendants…the contest is sponsored by Fabergé, after all.
Peter Carl Fabergé, who made the name famous, was a goldsmith who worked for the Russian Imperial court. He was renowned for his incredibly intricate jeweled easter eggs which he presented to the Russian Royal Family each year.
The eggs dotting New York are decorated by a variety of artists, not just one, but their inventiveness is enchanting. They will be auctioned off to the highest bidder on April 22; bids start at $500 per egg, but just hours into the online auction, some are already running in the thousands of dollars. Proceeds will be donated to two charities, one dedicated to promoting the visual arts in New York City schools, and the other to protecting the endangered Asian Elephant.