Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Faberge Big Egg Hunt in New York City!



The Faberge Big Egg Hunt took place during the entire month of April in New York City, and I was fortunate to be in New York for one of the last days of the final display of all of the 260 eggs in Rockefeller Center! Rockefeller Center was still festively decorated for Easter, as you can see in the photos above, and the final days for ice skating in their rink was also still available at the time of my visit.


The two and a half foot eggs were decorated by a variety of globally renowned artists and designers, such as Jeff Koons, Tracey Emin, Bruce Weber, Julian Schnabel, Carolina Herrera, Zaha Hadid, Ralph Lauren, etc., and were placed all around the city, waiting to be found! From April 1 to April 25, New Yorker's as well as visitors to the city, were invited to download a special Egg Hunt app on their cell phones that would enable them to enter a code on an egg they discovered, as an entry to a contest with the opportunity to win one of three Faberge jewelry prizes, that had a combined retail price exceeding $125,000 USD!


At the end of the contest, the eggs were gathered and displayed for a few days in Rockefeller Center and then auctioned online, ending April 26, for these two charities: "The Elephant Family," which works to protect these endangered animals, and Agnes Gund's "Studio in a School," which  benefits art education in under-served schools in New York City.


The Big Egg Hunt was a resounding success and raised millions for these charities!


I enjoyed seeing many of the eggs and taking their photos!  They were all very unique!



Faberge conducted a similar, equally successful Egg Hunt in London in 2102, so maybe their now famous Egg Hunt will be coming to your city in the future?


Above are photos of some of my favorite eggs. Click on to enlarge this photo, and all the other photos in this blog post. You will be able to read the artists name on the podium of most of the eggs above.


What a giant Easter Egg Collage! Be sure to click on this photo collage to enlarge it to view it easier! I could not fit all 260 eggs into my collage, but if you click on the auction link page, here, you will be see many more of them, and learn a bit about them!  If you want to buy a miniature version of some of the eggs, available for a limited time, this link has them for sale.


We had our own version of a "Big Egg Hunt" at my daughter and son-in-law's house on Easter Sunday in Colorado! It was muddy outside, as we had rain the day before, so we hid eggs around her house for the children to find. Grandpa and Grandma also gave them small gifts instead of candy, which they enjoyed. The beautiful giant Easter Egg cake was brought by my daughter's friend, from Rheinlander German Bakery in Arvada, Colorado. It was a masterpiece, and very delicious--a chocolate cake and chocolate/raspberry filling!  My son-in-law is a wonderful cook and made a delicious Easter dinner buffet for all of us to enjoy. We had a wonderful holiday, and I hope you had the same. Since then I have been traveling quite a bit--I went to New York City for a week and then Chicago, so I'm behind in reading e-mails and comments, but hope to catch up very soon!

 Please visit again soon, as I have many more exciting things to show from my recent trips!


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31 comments:

Sarah said...

Pat, I had't heard about the Faberge Big Egg Hunt. What a fun event. Thanks for taking the photos to share with us. I'm off to spend some time looking at these works of art.
Cute egg hunters in CO. '-)

pam said...

I can't wait to go check out the eggs on the link you provided. Our Colorado girl is moving to Arvada in June,
I will have to tell her about that bakery.

eileeninmd said...

The Faberge Eggs are beautiful, I love how they are all decorated. The butterfly egg is one of my favorites. What a fun time.. Your grandchildren are cuties, great photos. Enjoy your new week!

Vee said...

Very cool fundraising and it must have been great fun for those who got involved in the hunt. Thank you for all the wonderful photos. My favorite didn't make your list...it looks like a Monet.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I did see a bit of this egg hunt on another blog last week and it was fun to view it with your photos and perspective.

But that blog didn't have grands! :)

Adorable! :) Loved the post.

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

All of the big eggs are cool Pat! Love the Where's Waldo one:@)

Barb said...

Pat, Those Faberge eggs are fabulous! Each has its own character. I see the Grands are looking pleased on Easter! That cake looks yummy!

Michelle said...

I am looking forward to hearing about your travels. Love the Humpty Dumpty Egg :)

ellen b. said...

Wow! That's a lot of eggs. I think if I had to judge them my head would be spinning!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love these eggs. Such an extravagant idea. Great pics.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

The Faberge eggs are gorgeous, what a treat to see them. The huge cake egg you had for Easter looks, and sounds delicious.

Lorrie said...

What a fabulous idea for a fundraiser. The eggs look so unique and detailed. Glad you were able to see them, and also enjoy Easter with your family.

Sue said...

Glad to get to see the rest of the eggs....I was a bit disappointed when daughter sent me the picture of the Statue of Liberty one....it looked like a crown on top of a big watermelon.....some of the others were fabulous!

Old Kitty said...

Yes I do remember the great egg hunt of 2012 here! LOL! Oh my goodness - they were in Covent Garden! Awwww - you've brought back so many memories!

I love these NY eggs too - I'm looking at the auction page and the eggs are beautiful - so so intricate and lovely! Wow! Just amazing what you can do with such a shape! Amazing!

Awwww totally love the pics of your grandchildren! They are growing up so beautifully! What a great Easter adventure for them!

Glad you all had a fun Easter! Take care
x

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

I've never heard of the Faberge egg hunt. Look how gorgeous the eggs are! How fun.
Sam

La Petite Gallery said...

Thanks so much for this great post. What a fun idea. Good cause too.
Happy Mothers Day. yvonne

Pamela Gordon said...

What a fun Easter egg hunt in NYC! It would be interesting to see them all on display. I was surprised to see the ice rink still open in April. Have a wonderful week.

SmilingSally said...

Hi Pat,

What a fun Easter you've had! I've never heard of the Faberge egg display. What a wonderful idea. Of course, I spotted many blue ones.

Your grandchildren had it good with you and your husband around to help treat them. Thanks for playing today.

Sometimes, it SEEMS as if Mr. Linky is not working, but it's only that more than one person is linking in at the same time. Just keep trying, and you'll meet with success.

Have a Happy Blue Monday!

Beverly said...

Pat, I was so intrigued by NYC Easter Egg Hunt. The eggs are beyond exquisite. I am so glad you shared your images with us.

Love your family egg hunt. I was kind of sad when my grandson asked if he could quit the egg hunts, but I do understand he is growing up.♥

Betsy Adams said...

Wow---so many eggs... It would be hard to choose a favorite... Gorgeous --all of them...

BUT--I liked the Easter Egg Cake the most... How adorable... AND--even if they had to hunt eggs inside, I'm sure they enjoyed it... Better to give gifts than candy!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Pondside said...

That looks like a great event to be in New York for! Your Easter sounds grand too - all those beautiful grandchildren....
I like the faberge eggs that look like real faberge's but I have to admit that I rather liked Humpty Dumpty too!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

So cool that you were in NY when the exhibit was still in town. I completely missed it - except for one egg that I saw in midtown!
I love that Easter cake made by a German bakery - and now you've given me an idea for next Easter!

gracie1961 said...

Those eggs are stunning! I's like to see them "live"...maybe next time.

Wandering Wren said...

Hi Pat
We have just got back from New York - drat! That would have been such fun to have met up, especially as tourists we were completely unaware of this fabulous egg hunt... although we were close to the White House lawns to see your President's Egg hunt!
We had a brilliant time in New York, I even drove in NYC which has to be on my lists of great achievements of the year - probably nothing to a local but huge to an Aussie!!!
I have blogged a few things about our NY trip, it was great!
Your lovely Family Easter looks fun too.
Wren x

Shey Wicklund said...

Awesome photos and collage. Love the unique eggs. It looked like the grandkids had fun too. Precious times.

edenhills said...

What a fabulous fund-raiser! It looks like they were quite beautiful.

Jim said...

Amazing eggsibit, sorry exhibit. ;)

Yvette said...

Wow, I wish I'd been able to see those wonderful Easter eggs in the city. But next best thing: your photos, Pat. Thanks for being such a terrific chronicler.

Margaret said...

Hi Pat :) You had a marvelous Easter! Adorable family pics! Looks like the grands had so much fun. Your daughters beautiful giant decorated Easter egg looks too good to eat. But I adore raspberry and chocolate, I bet it was so good! How wonderful you got to join the Faberge Big Egg Hunt in NYC :) They are simply amazing! Vancouver has had 2004-Orcas, 2006- Spirit Bears, 2009-Soaring Eagles, and 2013-Hearts. While we were in Winnipeg, I discovered 18 bear sculptures on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building. They are a permanent exhibit from the 62 "Bears on Broadway" exhibit. Thank-you for sharing your lifes adventure Pat! Dropping by is one my lifes little ( big! ) pleasures :) Margaret from B.C.

ladyfi said...

Great shots of this fun event!

Daniela said...

I love Faberge eggs, from the smallest to the biggest one, but be sure, I'd never seen such big eggs before, they're stunning !
Thank you my sweet friend to share such wonder <3
Dany