Back in February I was in Covent Garden and saw the most egg-traordinary sight – a sea of beautifully designed giant eggs on public display.
After taking a closer look I realised that they were part of The Big Egg Hunt…
…a record breaking, egg hunting, fundraising spectacular – a public art event with a BIG difference – hatched by Elephant Family and Action for Children.
As I was en-route to a meeting there was no time to find all the eggs so I decided to come back at another time, unfortunately when I returned a few days later the eggs were gone. I was please to find out that after completing the UK wide tour the eggs would return to London on Friday 22 March and stay till Sunday 7 April.
This year Action for Children teamed up with Lindt for the The Lindt Big Egg Hunt. 103 giant Easter Eggs were hidden in cities throughout the country, providing a wonderful day out for families and art lovers, whilst raising vital funds for charity.
Artistic Director, Ellie Rees who curated the project said “I decided from the start that I wanted to combine the fundraising objectives of Action for Children with the opportunity to create a credible art exhibition”. You certainly achieved this Ellie, well done.
From all over the UK and across the pond in New York, painters, sculptors, ceramicists and conceptual artists were invited to create an original work to be included in this exhibition. When seen together the eggs have a powerful visual impact that sparks the imagination and it’s not surprising considering the diverse selection of artists who designed them. Some feature children’s characters, others celebrities – some exemplified the elegance of simplicity and other created beauty by being extraordinarily ornate – but all showed inspirational creativity and craftsmanship.
Today I went back to Covent Garden to experience The Lindt Bigg Egg Hunt in all its glory. The eggs are even more amazing than I remembered and definitely worth the second trip. It was great to see others share my enthusiasm; there were lots of people taking pictures and families participating in the egg hunt activities. Although I purchased the Hunt Book I didn’t attempt to find all the eggs but photographed my favourite designs so that I could share them with you.
The eggs will remain hidden around Covent Garden until Sunday and then be auctioned to raise money for Action for Children. If you could buy an egg to display in your home, which would it be?