Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Big Egg Hunt Adventures - Part 2

This is a continuation of my Big Egg Hunt adventures. Part 1 covered Days 1 to 5 of the egg hunt, so I'll start this blog with Day 6, which was a Sunday.

Good thing I kept up with the Big Egg Hunt on social media so I knew where to look for Egg 9 or the Waldo egg. Egg 9 by Martin Handford is the one egg hidden in plain sight in a different place each day. That Sunday he was at the Time Warner Center, in the area were the miniature eggs were displayed. Great to see you, Waldo!

After checking with Waldo, I proceeded with my usual weekend walk in Central Park. The Pond area was starting to pop up with spring colors!

And the turtles were out at The Lake enjoying the sunny day.

And when I arrived by The Boathouse, guess what I saw? A cute little mouse on top of Egg 117!

I ended my walk in the park to walk along the Upper East Side section of Madison Avenue where a lot of stores house eggs. One of these stores is Cynthia Rowley. Can you spot Egg 129?

As it was a Sunday, some of the places with eggs were closed, like the Gagosian gallery which housed three eggs. I just had to content myself with a picture taken from the door.

And the show window of Ladurée, which housed Isabelle Arpagian's Egg 85, was also closed when I passed by. Luckily, the nice staff opened the window cover so I can take a shot of the Empress II nestled among the baked goodies.

I went back to Madison Avenue on Day 7 as there were still some eggs I haven't cracked. This was Egg 107, if you look closely, you'll see the material used in the design is connected to its hiding place. The egg was displayed in the show window of Beretta and it is adorned with bullets!

I also passed by this sculpture and its accompanying plaque partly read that this sculpture was cast in bronze from the original plaster sculpture by Frederic- Auguste Bartholdi and was enlarged 16 times by the artist to create the Statue of Liberty in the New York Harbor.

Then it's on to the colorful Egg 92 which blended very well with the candies inside Dylan's Candy Bar.

The rain that night made the Golden Lincoln Cent Egg shine all the more. Jane Morgan's Egg 6 utilized the newly minted Lincoln cent.

A few blocks away, the Helmsley Building was reflecting a similar copper hue in the rain.

At week 2 of the egg hunt, there were still some eggs not cracked. These were mostly the 24 eggs made by public school students participating in Studio programs. The eggs were hosted by NYRP's community gardens.

On Day 8, I went to the NYRP community garden in Queens to crack Egg 219. I was the ninth person to crack the egg and that earned me a place in the egg's Egg Cracker Honor Roll. Cool! Egg 219 looked cool, too. I love strawberries!

I went to Manhattan afterwards as there were still some eggs in hidden in midtown that I haven't cracked yet. Inside a building on Third Avenue near 47th Street were three eggs, one of them was Egg 104, one of my faves. Made by Brooklyn Design and Fabrication, the egg looked like a dresser.

I then made my way to Fifth Avenue to take a picture of Egg 271 by Jeff Koons. When I was in Rockefeller Center the first day of the hunt, they were still setting up this egg. The egg broke records as the most expensive work sold on Paddle 8, it has attracted over $420,000 in online bids for the auction.

A little further on 43rd Street was Egg 78. It was inside its case just along the sidewalk and I missed it the first time I passed by. I walked by and didn't notice the egg until I crossed the street and saw it. Literally hidden in plain sight!

Then on 41st Street was Egg 280 by spray paint artist Chor Boogie. The design echoed the artist's work at the building very near where the egg was hidden.

That artwork by Chor Boogie is part of Art Battles which can also be seen at 5 Bryant Park. When I passed by that night, Don Rimx was working on another wall.

The following day I tried to finish cracking the eggs in midtown Manhattan. First stop was the Empire State Building which housed two egg, one of which is Egg 23, a replica of a real Faberge egg, the mosaic egg which is one of four Faberge eggs among the Royal Collection of Britain's Queen Elizabeth ll.

Then it's on to several locations near the area, one of which is the Ace Hotel where I saw Egg 7 by Shantell Martin. The egg came with a backdrop of the same design.

It was just a short walking distance to Madison Square Park where there were a lot of eggs around the plaza area near the park. The park is in the Flatiron District and Egg 274 by Romero Britto was right in front of the iconic building.

Also in the area was Egg 256 by Theo Rosenblum, it looked like an asteroid!

I stayed in the park until night fell. The Met Life Tower looked great in the early evening light.

I was also able to visit Ivan Navarro's “This Land is Your Land”, the art installation in Madison Square Park featuring three 8-foot-tall water towers filled with neon lights and mirrors that reflect the words “me,” “we” and “bed” to visitors walking beneath them. It was on display until April 13. 

Remember I mentioned in my previous blog about meeting the artist of Egg 36? I knew that egg was in the Madison Square Park area so I looked for it. Taking Flight by Echo Design was inspired by the iconic butterfly print scarf of their 90th anniversary collection. Too bad it was already dark when I took the pic, but still the butterflies stood out. Beautiful!

I then walked east towards Baruch College, there were three eggs in the plaza outside the library. One of them was Egg 57 or the iStorm. It looked like thousand of eyes were staring back at me.

My last stop that night was at the Riverpark, a garden plaza overlooking FDR Drive. Egg 171 sure had one of the best views of the East River.

I was in lower Manhattan on Day 10. Egg 123  by Martha Stewart was inside a golden cage displayed inside a shop that was already closed when I passed by.

Egg 247, Jackie Tsai's porcelain skull egg was displayed at the Todd Merrill Studio gallery, which was also closed when I passed by. This link shows the intricate process how this beautiful egg was made.

Along Elizabeth Street were several eggs. British street artist D*Face made Egg 184 which was inside the Elizabeth Street Garden, too bad it was already dark when I took the pic.

Day 11 was a Friday and that day my egg map crashed. I couldn't access the map which made it very hard to look for the eggs. What I did was went to the MacLaren shop in Soho as I knew there were four eggs inside the shop. Unfortunately the shop was already closed when I arrived so I took a photo of just one of the eggs facing the shop window.

Since it was hard to hunt for the eggs without the egg map, I went home early. On my way home I passed by the landmarked Puck Building.
The building sports two gilded statues by sculptor Henry Baerer of Shakespeare's character Puck, from A Midsummer's Night Dream, one on the northeast corner at Houston and Mulberry, and one over the main entrance on Lafayette.

This recaps the second part of my adventures in egg hunting. I'll try to finish the last part in the next few days.

You can check out 200 of the eggs that I cracked in my Flickr album The Big Egg Hunt NY or if you want to see the 232 eggs in my basket, they're all in Google+.

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