Making plans for Spring Break? You might want to head to the Big Apple…or should we say the Big Egg. Starting Tuesday, April 1, and continuing for three fun-filled weeks, New York will play host to the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt – billed as the world’s largest egg hunt. It promises to be a springtime eggs-travaganza!
Modeled on similar 2011 and 2012 events in London, the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt in New York will feature as many as 300 egg sculptures, each 2 ½ feet tall, and each individually created by famous artists, designers and tastemakers. The decorated eggs will be “hidden in plain sight” in public places across all five boroughs of New York.
Celebrity egg designers include Diane von Furstenberg, Ronnie Wood, Marc Quinn, Bruce Weber, Zaha Hadid, Peter Beard, Carolina Herrera, Jacques Torres and William Wegman, just to name a few. If their efforts are anything like those who participated in London, hold on to your Easter bonnets…you’re in for quite a ride.
Sponsored by storied jeweler Fabergé, the Big Egg Hunt is a charity event designed to raise money for NYC schoolchildren, specifically through Agnes Gund’s Studio in a School program; and for Elephant Family, which is devoted to saving the endangered Asian elephant and its habitat.
You Can Participate
If you enter the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, you will receive clues to the locations of the “hidden” eggs. You’ll also have the opportunity to win one of three Fabergé prizes worth a total of $125,000. The unique prizes are specially designed Fabergé jewelry egg pendants in gold and diamonds set with Zambian emeralds, Mozambican rubies or Zambian amethysts, donated by Gemfields, the “world’s leading producer of ethically-sourced rare colored gemstones.”
After the two-week hunt, all the eggs will be gathered in one basket, er, venue, and the public will be invited to view them for one week. Then, on April 22, premier auction house Sotheby’s will partner in a gala auction of the highly collectible one-of-a-kind egg sculptures, which will be signed by the participating artists. All proceeds will go to Studio in a School and to Elephant Family.
Visit www.thebigegghunt.org for more details…and be sure to watch the video of the Big Egg Hunt in London from 2012.
Founded in 1842, Fabergé has been one of the most revered names in jewelry ever since Peter Carl Fabergé became official goldsmith to the Russian Imperial Court in 1882. The jewelry house created exquisite jewels and objects for the court, including the legendary series of ingenious and decorative Imperial Easter Eggs, first commissioned in 1885 by Tsar Alexander III for his wife, Maria Fedorovna. This started a tradition of giving a Fabergé egg every year at Easter, a practice that was carried on by Alexander’s son Nicholas II until 1916. Each egg in the Fabergé Imperial Egg Collection depicts a different event or theme in Russia’s history.
Today, Fabergé creates modern collections of luxury jewelry, watches and accessories for a discerning international clientele. Contemporary collections are available at Fabergé boutiques in New York, London, Geneva and Kiev, as well as exclusive international retailers around the world.