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The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt is On at These NYC Hotels

April 4, 2014 at 11:31 AM | by | ()

Designed by Mattia Bonetti, on display at The Mark Hotel

The world's biggest egg hunt, the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, raises money for good causes across the globe, from children in New York City through Studio in a School to conservation efforts to save the Asian elephant through Elephant Family.

New York City is hosting the egg hunt from now through April 26, and more than 250 egg sculptures, each individually created by leading artists and designers, will be hidden across the city. The public are encouraged to participate in the “hunt” by finding all of the eggs – with gemstone prizes from Fabergé serving as an incentive. The hunt will culminate with an auction of the collectible and one-of-a-kind egg sculptures, held by Sotheby’s and online via Paddle8.

No surprise that some of these special eggs have found their “nests” at hotels around New York City. Here's the run-down of the hotel eggs, with descriptions provided by the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt:

Matti Bonetti #255 at The Mark Hotel:
Mattia Bonetti, Egg#255 Inspired by The Mark Hotel’s interior design by Jacque Grange, Mattia Bonetti transforms a perfect egg and creates a strong contrast with black and white visual and graphic effects, and incorporates twigs, polyhedral sculptures, small spheres, crumpled newspapers, pearl beads and feathers.

David Ling #261 “Cracked Egg” at Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC:
Executed through cutting and reassembly, “Cracked Egg” is painted fiberglass reinforced plastic with a smooth silicone coating to showcase original beauty. “The egg is such a perfect form, we decided we couldn’t perfect it anymore. We chose to break it instead into geometric parts. Slicing, dicing and reassembling to form a reconstructed egg composition,” said David Ling, principal of David Ling Architects. The egg also serves a dual purpose – as a light fixture radiating a soft orange glow.

Martha West #269 “Equal Love” at Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC:

Painted on vinyl wrap, “Equal Love” boasts bright pink stripes, complementing the hotel’s vibrant exterior signage. “I believe the power of symbols can help propel an idea into the realm of social consciousness. The “Equal Love” egg not only pays homage to those, including Human Rights Campaign, who have transformed hearts, minds and the law in support of marriage equality; with its pink bands, we reflect on the universality of love and the need for continuing efforts to help support transformation,” said artist Martha West.

Minyan Huang #88 “Nest Egg” at Trump New York:

Minyan Huang is a graphic designer born and raised in Guangzhou, China and living in New York. "Nest Egg" is a term refering to money saved and held as a reserve for retirement or emergencies. For many, financial and employment instability, an unfortunate sign of our times, leaves no chance for future planning. Minyan hopes that her "Nest Egg" will bring good fortune to all.

Robert Farber #214 at The Lowell:

Robert Farber’s style has influenced generations of photographers. His painterly, impressionistic style captures the essence of composition in every genre, including nudes, still life, landscapes and architecture. "The two greatest creative challenges that I have experienced is to try to enhance what God has already perfected…the woman's body and a simple egg.

William Eadon #183 at the Tribeca Grand Hotel:
"As a student of the occult, paganisM and metaphysics, I have often been drawn to the mystery of alchemy. The symbolic egg has consistently been included in the drawings and musings of alchemist practitioners. My intention with the project was to work with these images and my knowledge of these realms in order to create my very own personal Cosmic Egg."

Shantell Martin #7 at the Ace Hotel:

“'WHO ARE YOU?' or 'YOU ARE WHO?' or in this case 'ARE YOU YOU?' are phrases appearing in my work over the past few years. Subtle in a way, but questions that ask if you’re on the right path, if you’re being the real you, if you’re being true to yourself. I wanted to share this message with my addition to the Big Egg Hunt."

Rachel Waldron #127 at the Trump New York:
"Maps are an essential and beautiful part of a city's iconography. If you're new to a city or suburb, the map is an open invitation to chart the unknown. Over time, you attach memories and stories to its coordinates, and the city becomes a home."

Laurent Debrunhoff #201Hôtel Plaza Athénée:

"Babar's egg had to be festive and celebratory. It was inspired by the Easter Parade in Fred Astaire's film. The parade also serves a design function, because it invites the viewer to walk around the egg.There are elephant angels at the top and children playing games at the bottom to occupy the different planes of the egg and to suggest different levels of joy."

[All photos via The Big Egg Hunt]

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