New York City is a haven for the arts. There are always new exhibitions in museums all across the city and, frequently, public artwork is commissioned so everyone can enjoy artistic creations even if they are not big fans of exploring museums. Many times publically commissioned pieces of art are tied into charity endeavors and/or the season. The “Faberge Big Egg Hunt” is an art project, exhibited publically throughout NYC, that is both a charitable event and a playful ode to Easter.
“Faberge Big Egg Hunt 2014” is being hosted by Faberge, the world’s most iconic artistic jeweler. From April 1 to April 26 over 260 giant fiberglass eggs will be placed around the five boroughs of New York City. Each egg will be designed differently due to collaboration with trend-setting artists and designers. The event is being held in order to raise funds for the “Elephant Family” and “Studio in a School” charities.
New Yorkers are encouraged to take part in the “big egg hunt.” By downloading an app it is possible to “collect” each egg by scanning in the barcode on each sculpture. According to the official Faberge website:
“Participants who enter the hunt will have the opportunity to win one of three Fabergé prizes, with a combined retail price exceeding USD 125,000. The unique prizes are specially designed jewellery egg pendants in gold and diamonds set with exquisite Zambian emeralds, Mozambican rubies or Zambian amethysts. The colored gemstones for the prizes are kindly donated by Gemfields, the world's leading producer of ethically-sourced, rare colored gemstones. The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt will culminate in a grand auction held by Sotheby’s where the giant egg sculptures will be sold. All proceeds will go to the two charities Elephant Family and Studio in a School.”
The New York egg hunt follows the success of The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt in London in 2012, which set two Guinness World Records and ultimately raised over $1.5 million for charity. Hopefully, the New York egg hunt will raise even more money for the worthy charities that the event supports.
For more information on The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt please visit: http://www.thebigegghunt.org/