London Life Events

the big egg hunt

April 5, 2012

Many of you might have already heard of ‘the big egg hunt‘ that has been ‘hatched’ by elephant family and action for children for a record-breaking egg hunt across central london to raise money for these two causes. 210 uniquely crafted eggs, created by leading artists, designers, architects and jewellers have been hidden in 12 zones across the capital for over six weeks now. Annie from insideology found quite a few and kept us in the loop.

The egg hunt began on 21th february. 30 spectacular eggs were auctioned in a live auction on 20 march raising £667.000 for both charities. The rest of the eggs are being auctioned as you read this and bidding will close at 6pm on monday 9th april.

Earlier this week all eggs were collected and brought to covent garden piazza for the grand extravaganza on the easter weekend. In the spirit of things I zoomed down and braved the huge crowds to bring you some first hand pictures of some of my favourite egg designs.

The place was heaving with 100’s of people, all clicking away trying to capture their visit to covent garden and london. Most were running around with their i-spy-eggs guide trying to find and tick off as many eggs as possible. I tried my best to get some decent pictures but it was hard work. If you have kids and are in london over easter, go and have a look. Your kids will love you for it and it’s an egg hunt after all.

Which one is your favourite?

I wish you all a very happy easter weekend.

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  • Reply Theresa April 6, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Thank you to both you and Annie for sharing these eggs with us, especially for those of us in the States who can’t see these in person. It’s been following along and seeing which new eggs you discover.
    What a great city wide event and fundraiser. All of the eggs are amazing…Here are my favorites: Vanitas Vitrified, What Came First, and The Mighty Moshi (reminds me of artist, Takashi Murakami). Imagine winning any of these eggs at auction and displaying it in your home…It would make for great cocktail conversation. 😉 Happy Easter Weekend to you too, Tina!

    • Reply tina April 10, 2012 at 12:25 am

      I was convinced the Mighty Moshi was indeed by Takashi Murakami. The auction finished this evening so will have a peak at how much they sold for:) Hope you had a good weekend.

  • Reply ursula (room to bloom) April 6, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Ha – well done Tina for braving the crowds. My favourite is the first flower egg you’ve shown, no surprise there : ) Happy Easter! x

    • Reply tina April 10, 2012 at 12:26 am

      Oh, room to bloom and flowers!! Hope you had a great Easter x

  • Reply limor April 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    hey love
    i loved 2 and i could not made up my mind: The Mighty Moshi and the Union Jack. What are the really size of the eggs??
    In isreal we had also 2 similar exhibitions:
    Lions (for the 2000 birthday of Jerusalem) and Penguin.
    Happy Pesach!!

    • Reply tina April 10, 2012 at 12:29 am

      Hi Motek. Nice to see you here.
      I’ve been trying to see how big the eggs are and cannot find any info on this. Will get back to you.

      I’m going to google the lion and penguin projects. They sound fun. We’ve had cows all over the city a few years ago.

  • Reply Sam Lennie (Interiorsam) April 6, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Fragile is beautiful, closely followed by Teflon.

    Thanks for sharing your photos Tina, have a great weekend x

    • Reply tina April 10, 2012 at 12:30 am

      Good taste:)

  • Reply Toni April 7, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Well done Tina for going the extra mile – but then again I wouldn’t expect anything else from you!! my fav is the first egg loving the colours. Happy Easter cc

    • Reply tina April 10, 2012 at 12:30 am

      You and Ursula like the same. Very un-nordic for you!! x

  • Reply Holly April 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you Tina for your beautiful images 🙂 You’re so cute, I can imagine you there, among the crowds, snapping shots … all for us! These eggs are quite something. Never seen anything like it. I really love “What came first, the chicken or the egg?”.

    Hope you are having a nice Sunday Xx.

    • Reply tina April 10, 2012 at 12:32 am

      I know. Can’t believe I was there with so many people taking photos. We were all trying to get out of the way for each other but it was impossible:) I must love you reader lots as normally that’s my idea of hell! I must say it was rather imposing to see so many eggs in one place. Again, photos don’t do it justice. x

  • Reply Erin April 8, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Ha! I thought I had a favorite (“Which came first” one with the feathers and “Origin”, the one that looks like little macaroni noodles) until I got to the bottom and saw Where’s Waldo. Love it! Thanks to you and Annie for all the fun over the egg hunt! xo

  • Reply annie April 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Oh wow I’m so envious you got to see this. This is my single most favourite street art or whatever you call it since Anthony Gormley’s likeness everywhere in Waterloo. I love the whole bringing the art to the people rather than making us to go galleries. This egg hunt made me so happy 🙂 Thank you so much for the shout out, you should all also check out Mary from House of Paul as I think she must have tracked down pretty much every single one judging by her instagram and blog!
    Hope you had a great Easter Tina xx

    • Reply tina April 11, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      I wondered whether you were going to this but then read in one of your comments to someone you were going off to the Cotswold so thought it safe to cover. And cover it needed. It was rather amazing to see all the eggs in one space…

      I agree with ‘I love the whole bringing the art to the people rather than making us to go galleries.’ It was nice to observe all sorts of people come and take photographs, people I know would never dare to go to a gallery or museum. Shame that because I think museums work hard to get everyone in but it’s still seen as a white middle class ‘thing’ and art can be often very intimidating. The eggs on the other hand are universal and that’s what made it so fascinating for young and old and people of all races, cultures and religions. Really loved the whole project and it raised tons for charity. Perfect!!

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