The Big Egg Hunt (UK) Egg 1; …an uncertain daily history

Following my first post about The Big Egg Hunt in Dublin, some people commented that there had been a similar event in Covent Garden in London last year, so my investigating brain started ticking over & I Googled ‘Big Egg Hunt UK’ (it doesn’t take much these days to be an excellent detective)  I discovered that an entourage of Eggs have been touring the country since the 12th of February and were heading to Covent Garden for Easter.

Having caught the Easter Egg Hunt bug, I promised myself I would make it into Covent Garden before the eggs left for their final auction on April the 7th.

I have been very ill recently, and it has also been freezing here so I was hoping that the weather would warm up for my trip to town, but it wasn’t looking hopeful and time was running out.  In the end we just decided on a day & went for it, regardless of the cold.  It was freezing when we first arrived in Covent Garden.  I felt sorry for the street performers being statues… Standing still in bitterly cold temperatures with ice cold winds!  We took a few photos and then decided an early lunch would help warm us up.

Warmed by food and hot drinks, we headed back out, and the day had warmed too, so the rest of the Egg hunting was a lot more fun!  There were over 100 Eggs on display in shops and in the courtyards in and around Covent Garden, and we found most of them.  Having delayed posting this post for ages as I wanted to get all the pictures just right and display them in one massive gallery, I have now decided to post the eggs one or two at a time, rather than give all my readers ‘Egg-overload’!

I am going to post them in alphabetical order (based on the names the artists gave the eggs) rather than choosing one each day, as if I did that, all my favourites would come up first!

This one beats ‘A’ as the title is ‘…an uncertain daily history’

Some of the Eggs are suited to being displayed in a large space and viewed from afar.  This one is just the opposite.  It is only on close inspection that you can see the detail lying underneath the cream varnish.  Faces who look like they are from newspaper cuttings peer out from behind a mist.

This Egg by David Cochrane would be great in a library or coffee shop where people could sit right beside it and inspect it’s hidden detail uncertain daily history 3 uncertain daily history 2

…an uncertain daily history – detail uncertain daily history 4

…an uncertain daily history – detail

About Barbara

Born in Dublin, living in London with Peter, my two daughters, Wilson our Spaniel & Woordow our Malshih (Shih Tzu-Maltese cross)
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13 Responses to The Big Egg Hunt (UK) Egg 1; …an uncertain daily history

  1. Maxi says:

    So sorry that you have been sick Barbara, hopefully you are feeling better. I was out for weeks myself with the worst flu ever.

    Love the egg, very unique.
    blessings ~ maxi


    • Barbara says:

      I’m so lucky i was vaccinated against flu this year, if I had got that I think it would have finished me off completely! The egg had me transfixed, I kept finding new things in it. It doesn’t come out well in the photos in comparison to how it was up close

      Hope you’re feeling better now too?


  2. Al says:

    Fascinating. Does this have something to do with the holocaust?


    • Barbara says:

      I’m not sure. Unlike the Egg Hunt in Dublin, the information leaflet didn’t give any information about the Egg, just the artist, so all we have to go on was the title. I wish I had taken more photos of this one, as although I couldn’t see much at the time, when I got home I was able to enhance the photos and reveal more of what was hidden beneath.


  3. Grannymar says:

    I imagine that every time you look at that egg, you would find something new.


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