Designer Benjamin Shine created this 'egg' that is among the 275 hidden around New York through April 17.
NEW YORK - The hunt is on, New York City. Scattered throughout the five boroughs in places like Grand Central Station, Saks Fifth Avenue and the Brooklyn Waterfront are more than 260 giant egg sculptures created by artists, fashion designers, architects and assorted big-name tastemakers. The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, which kicked off on April 1, is a charity event sponsored by the luxury jeweler.
“Our underlying ethos is to perpetuate this artistic legacy in our contemporary jewelry designs, but also by getting involved with artistic collaborations,” says Fabergé’s creative and managing director Katharina Flohr. “With the egg shape being so iconic to Fabergé, we could not refuse this opportunity to get involved with the Big Egg Hunt in New York.”
You can start your own search by downloading the app, which maps the locations and lets you “check in” each discovery. Then, from 18–24 April, the eggs will be gathered and displayed at Rockefeller Center. On 22 April, Sotheby’s will hold a live auction conducted by Jamie Niven (you can also bid online at Paddle8). Proceeds will benefit Studio in a School, which sends professional artists to teach underprivileged New York school children, and Elephant Family, which protects Asian elephants and preserves their natural habitat.
Egg hunters admire their find in New York’s downtown.
Egg designers were either selected by the organizers, or by sponsors who include London gallery Waterhouse & Dodd, which commissioned Karen Gunderson; cultural agency Hotel Particulier, which selected art director and t-shirt designer Christopher Lee Sauvé; and the Mark Hotel, which commissioned not one, but three eggs, one each by landscape architect Andrew Zientek and furniture designers Carlo Pessina and Mattia Bonetti. “Not only did this event allow us to support two remarkable charities, but it also provided us with the opportunity to promote three very talented individuals, as well as strengthen the significance of art and culture within our community,” says the Mark’s general manager Olivier Lordonnois.
For his egg, Brooklyn artist Dustin Yellin found inspiration in a golden dinosaur head that had been sitting on a shelf in his studio. “I played around with it, and didn’t quite know what to do with it,” explains Yellin. “And then finally, all of a sudden I stuck the head inside the egg, so it’s just popping out.”
The egg designed by Cynthia Rowley.
From the fashion world, there’s Marchesa, which conceptualized an opulent Fabergé rendition of metallic enamel, Swarovski crystals and beads called Rose Palace Egg; and Cynthia Rowley, who contributed a red bird sitting on top of a robin’s egg in a nest. The New York–based interior designer Sandra Nunnerley found inspiration for her egg during a Russian sale last year at Sotheby’s London, where she saw several Fabergé objects in the house’s signature sapphire color. “The egg is lacquered in very shiny Fabergé blue, but it’s mottled. It has that feeling of an actual egg, and we encased it in a nest of heathered bronze,” explains Nunnerley.
The inaugural edition of the Egg Hunt in London in 2012 raised over $1.5 million. Will the New York edition surpass it? Get cracking.
The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt runs through April 25. For more information, visit thebigegghunt.org