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Giant Easter Eggs
A PICTORIAL GUIDE
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.
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.
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.
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?
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:
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.
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.
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