At least egg shapes can bee seen much more often in modern urban landscape. Our collection of pictures with monuments and sculptures of eggs from all around the world is a proof.
Vegreville, Alberta, Canada. Vegreville egg is a giant sculpture of a pysanka, a Ukrainian style Easter egg. It is the largest pysanka in the world. The egg is 31 ft (9 m) long and three and a half stories high, weighing in at 2.5 t (5,512 lb). Located in Vegreville, a town in Alberta, Canada, the sculpture was commissioned for the 1975 centennial of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Khortytsia Island, Ukraine. This painted egg (or pysanka) was erected in 2007 on the place where an ancient sancutary has been discovered. This sancutary also has a shape of an egg and dates back to the 3 or 2 thousand years b.c.
Seville, Spain. Zurab Tsereteli’s concept “How Europe has found America” implemented by him in two monuments: a monument “Birth of a New Man” (bronze, copper, 45m high) in Seville, Spain, and a monument “Birth of a New World” that is planned to be constructed in Puerto Rico, USA (bronze, copper, 126m high).
Chicago, Illinois, USA. “Great Bird of Peace,” Nichols Park, Hyde Park. Also known as “The Egg” and “Guarding the Nest.” The five-foot bronze bird has the body of an egg with a beak and two legs that hold two more eggs. Sculptor Cosmo Campoli (1923-1997) called it “Bird of Peace” because he believed that the bird is the most peaceful creature ever – especially a bird settling her eggs around her. Stolen and vandalized c.1981, it was rededicated in March 19, 2005, at “Eggstravaganza.”
Odessa, Ukraine. Monument “To the Future Genious”.
Red Bluff Cliffs, Beach Road, Black Rock, Australia. This sculpture was inspired by Carolyn Briggs’s story (Elder of the Boon Wurrung) ‘the time of chaos’. It depicts the ancient Yarra River, where it originally flowed 10,000 years ago and six eggs. The eggs represent the six traditional groups of the Boon Wurrung people. The design references late Pleistocene channels in Port Phillip Bay. Sub-bottom seismic profiling has outlined a system of river channels, which now lie buried beneath the bay floor in the centre of Port Phillip Bay. The channels are continuations of the present day Yarra and Werribee Rivers. The rivers depicted flow over and through the cluster of six eggs, which loosely depicts Boon Wurrung ‘country’.
Jaffa, Israel. One of the tourist attractions of Jaffa is this suspended orange tree at the edges of the old city. This tree really hangs in an egg and is growing since 1993. The author of the environmental sculpture is Ran Morin.
Bratkovtsy village, Ukraine. This mosaic egg serves as a chapel with a statue of Virgin Mary inside.
San Antonio, Ibiza, Spain. “Egg of Columbus”. An egg of Columbus or Columbus’s egg refers to a brilliant idea or discovery that seems simple or easy after the fact. The story tells that once Columbus was dining with many Spanish nobles when one of them said: “What can be easier than discovering a new land, there are lots of people who who would have started a similar adventure with the same result”. Columbus did not respond to these words but asked for a whole egg to be brought to him. He placed it on the table and asked the nobles to put the egg vertically on the table without any kind of help or aid. They all tried without success and when the egg returned to Columbus, he tapped it gently on the table breaking it slightly and, with this, the egg stood on its end. All those present were confounded and understood what he meant: that once the feat has been done, anyone knows how to do it.
Sankampaeng Hot Springs Chiang Mai, Thailand. Sankampaeng Hot Springs is an ideal destination for those interested in health and well-being. A natural spring emitting water with high sulphur content, the spring is said to cure ailments and rejuvenate the body. The water has a temperature in excess of 100 degrees centigrade and the area is so active that there is ongoing research into how to tap the springs as a potential energy resource. You can buy quail and hens eggs in neat woven bamboo baskets at a kiosk to boil in special tanks within the park. There are instructions in Thai and English for the length of time to leave your eggs ‘boiling’.
Soeul, South Korea.
Martha Friedman, “Laid,” 2006. In the “2006 Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition” at Socrates Sculpture Park
Ireland. Monument to dinosaur’ egg at a university campus.
Kharkiv, Ukraine. Monument to dinosaur’ eggs.
Westmorland green slate, UK. “Displaced Egg” by Max Nowell. 7 feet tall. There are some magnificent stone sculptures on Max Nowell’s site.
Salihorsk, Belarus. Egg monument at the local egg factory.
St. Paul. Cagnes sur Meer, France
Finland. Egg monument on the river Vuoksi, near the city Imatra.
Prague, Czech Republic.
Irkutsk, Russia. Monument to Japanese egg.
Tatabanya, Hungary. Turul Egg by Yin Peet. (Turul is the legendary Guardian Bird of Hungary)
UK. “Fertility”. (Colcast and Pure Glass, Copper Tie Wire). Col Henry, an important Australian sculptor with forty years dedication to his art, has pioneered a ground-breaking technique which marries the resilience of steel to the fragility of glass, conceiving a revolutionary leading edge series of avant-garde sculptures known as “GOSSAMER SHADOW”.
UK. Swan’s Nest Maze , 40m diameter earthwork. Since everyone enjoyed the Nest post I thought it would be a good idea to follow up with an Egg post. Each masterpiece has been a revelation, from the tiniest Netsuke egg to the biggest landscape sculpture. The Swan’s Nest Maze above, is part of a series of works interpreting nests and habitats of wetland species. This site is well worth a visit. A maze “leads into a central area where people discover a series of large stone egg sculptures containing carved alabaster representations of the three main stages of swan embryo development.”