Big eggs need a big home: New York should do nicely. As part of the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, which kicked off on April 1, there are giant eggs “hidden” across the city, orbs designed by more than 250 artists, from Jeff Koons to Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood. The eggs are on display through April 17, after which they will nest in Rockefeller Center from April 18 through the 25; on the 22, they will be auctioned off at Sotheby’s with the proceeds benefiting two non-profits, Studio in a School and Elephant Family. See The Big Egg Hunt for more details and an app to download.
While the eggs are spread out across the city, many are housed in nests notable for keeping its humans comfortable: hotels. At the Gansevoort Meatpacking, look for architect David Ling’s Cracked Egg, a white orb that’s artfully cracked to reveal a glowing yolk in the center. Also at the hotel is artist Martha West’s Equal Love, with bold pink bands that show support for marriage equality and the Human Rights Campaign.
A number of the eggs reflect their hotel, like artist Mattia Bonetti’s egg that mirrors The Mark Hotel’s distinctive black-and-white interior designed by Jacque Grange. The strikingly patterned egg incorporates twigs, crumpled newspapers, pearl beads and feathers.
Laurent de Brunhoff, the author and illustrator of the Babar the Elephant series, playfully captures the European aesthetic of the Hotel Plaza Athénée with an egg emblazoned with the friendly elephant. The hotel is also offering an accompanying Babar package, which includes a Babar gift bag with a plush Babar toy and a Babar Comes to America storybook.
At the Ace Hotel check out the egg by British visual artist Shantell Martin, who is known for her trademark black ink on white surfaces. Martin explains that her egg explores the concept of: “‘WHO ARE YOU?’ or ‘YOU ARE WHO?’ or in this case ‘ARE YOU YOU’…” She adds that these are the “questions that ask if you’re on the right path, if you’re being the real you, if you’re being true to yourself.” Which reminds us, which came first … O never mind.
But perhaps the egg that best exemplifies its hotel is the Chinese graphic designer Minyan Huang’s egg at the Trump New York. The egg is covered in carefully folded dollar bills. The name? Nest Egg.