Giant Easter Eggs

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                                     A PICTORIAL GUIDE


Belgian Giant

The over-sized chocolate Easter egg at right was made by Belgian chocolate manufacturer Guylian


A chocolate lover's fantasy - the egg measured 8.32 metres high, used up 1950 kg of chocolates, took twenty-six craftsman 525 hours to create and made it into the Guinness Book of Records for the World's Largest Chocolate Egg.


The man in white, unaware he is being photographed by a Guylian security camera, is shown trying to discreetly remove a chocolate from the giant mound. Seconds later the entire egg collapsed, crushing six people and a volkswagon in the process.


Did I make that last bit up? You decide.



Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Avenue of Eggs

A delighted citizen takes a meditative walk along an avenue of eggs in Germany.


The eggs are apparently "coloured in the numerical progression of colours within the colour spectrum at the Arkaden shopping mall in Berlin"- and no, I didn't make that up.


Egg as Architecture

The focal point of this striking building in the town of Kolomiya, in the West Ukraine, is a large egg shaped, 3.5 metre high structure decorated in traditional Ukranian motifs. The egg feature is not surprising as the building houses an easter egg museum called, rather tediously....Kolomiya Museum of Folk Art Named After Father Josafat Kobrynsky. (no lie)


Traditional egg painting dates back a very long time, to the Pagan era and the museum's collection is extensive, incorporating not just eggs from the Ukraine but from all over the world. Many ancient symbols and motifs are featured and there is a display exhibiting the process of creating an easter egg as well as egg restoration.


The museum opened in 2000 and is home to an impressive 10,000 eggs, though for practical reasons they are not all on display at the same time.



Image by Mia, from Flickr
Image by Mia, from Flickr

Ventilated Egg

This imaginative egg, again from the Ukraine, took pride of place at Rynock square in the City of Lviv in 2010.


The delicate structure was crafted by local birdlife, entirely from willow rods...and passers-by placed colourful flowers in the frame to complete the decorative effect.


Owing to the wanton destruction of public eggs in previous years, this egg was protected from vandalism by its own complimentary security fence, also created from willow rods.

Image from goeasteurope.com
Image from goeasteurope.com

Romanian Egg


At right...an extrememly large egg made of fibreglass, found  nesting in a public square in Seceava City, Romania.


It has the distinction of being the World's Largest Painted Easter Egg and the tasteful colour combination of red, navy blue and mustard forms a cheerful contrast to the bleak Romanian weather conditions.


Every year tourists flock from all over the world to visit the distinguished egg....or do they?

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Image from The Electric Blogger

Frolicking for Fertility


Giant eggs feature highly in Ukrainian culture - and here is another striking example from that part of the world. The giant Easter egg, or pysanka, above, is from in Vegreville, Alberta. Local residents frolic gaily in national dress around the giant egg, which appears to be perched somewhat precariously on its own purpose built stand.


This is part of the Vergeville Verginity Festival, an annual event where the towns nubile maidens dance for six days around a decorative egg, after which there is a plentiful feast and the egg is launched into space.


No it's not. Okay, I made that up. For a real explanation of the pysanka check out this article:

http://hubpages.com/hub/Pysanka-theDecorative-Ukranian-Easter-Egg


Vintage Egg

Below... a young Nicole Kidman poses for for an Australian Easter postcard inside a giant floral egg. Few people realise Nicole was actually born in 1908 but while on a family holiday to Antarctica, fell through a crevice in the ice and was preserved in a glacier for several decades.


Image from Travel Pod
Image from Travel Pod

Eggs Within an Egg

The colouful egg at right is painstakingly made up of a multitude of regular-sized individual easter eggs - for what purpose is unknown. Perhaps to impress tourists, as the mesmerised happy snapper in the photograph suggests.


Also unknown is the eggs location, though I wouldn't be surprised if it was Ukranian.


Missing Egg

Last year, owing to Greece's economic crisis, a local council could only afford the basket for a public Easter display. Citizens were asked to imagine a large and colourful chocolate egg tied up in a blue ribbon.


Disclaimer: Some of the information in this hub is of course...rubbish

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Comments 23 comments

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Enjoyed this one! Love your additional "Did I make that last bit up? You decide. Up and awesome!


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Rod Marsden 5 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

MMMMM! Belgium chocolate! Lots of rubbish around but you can't beat Belgium chocolate.


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Alternative Prime 5 years ago from > California

Hi Jane,

Great display of festive egg "Alternatives". I would definitely consider buying the house. Talk about an "Easter Egg Hunt"!.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

What an eggscellent eggsposition about eggs, Jane! Thank you for your eggshautive research. You know my favorite of course - that gigantic Belgian chocolate egg. Wish I had been around to help "clean up the mess." :)


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Eggs are great. I used to eat a lot of them. Now, not so much. I wonder why I'm fat now?


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robie2 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

an amazing variety of giant easter eggs-- fabulous. Thanks


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Mike Marks 5 years ago

your first egg led me to think of my favorite ice cream "Death by Chocolate."


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Jane Bovary 5 years ago from The Fatal Shore Author

Thanks everyone for reading and commenting.

Susan...I thought I'd better put that in in case someone actually believed me...;)

Rod, the Belgians know how to do it...yep.

Alternative P...it would hard to hide some of those eggs eh? The egg building is pretty good, I agree.


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Jane Bovary 5 years ago from The Fatal Shore Author

Austin, I still eat them but I don't get quite the same thrill out of it. Why do we get so jaded?

Drbj...I'm sure if that really happened there would be quite a few volunteeers for the "clean-up'!

Thanks Robie2!

Mike..'death by chocolate' doesn't sound like a bad way to go.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

WOW! This is a great hub. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am sending it to my facebook.


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Merlin Fraser 5 years ago from Cotswold Hills

EGGSELLENT HUB !

I think if I made an egg that big I would just have to put a recording inside that shouted HELP ! whenever there was just one person close by ...


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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

This was a fantastic hub. I loved the humor in it and the amazing eggs that were feature, very cool!


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Jane Bovary 5 years ago from The Fatal Shore Author

Hi Denise..well thanks very much for that.


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Jane Bovary 5 years ago from The Fatal Shore Author

Merlin...an eggstraordinary idea but i like it! Thanks...;)

Thanks cardelean.


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Golfgal 5 years ago from McKinney, Texas

Eggiliciously Egciting egnomically egipolically Easter Egg Good


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Jane Bovary 5 years ago from The Fatal Shore Author

Nice use of "e"'s there GG! Thanks for reading.


Morris 5 years ago

This is awesome egg,,,,,,


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Jane Bovary 5 years ago from The Fatal Shore Author

Thanks Morris...;)


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hameidinger 5 years ago

what the big egg, wow great.


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Jane Bovary 5 years ago from The Fatal Shore Author

lol, thanks hameldinger


alina 3 years ago

hey....I live in Suceava...and that giant egg is not that amazing as it seems. the egg was moved from the center of the city last year.

and...it's not painted ...those are stikers....:)


geda890 3 years ago

its beautiful


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

These are so cool! Thanks for a fun little Easter treat!

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