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The Big Egg Hunt in London

As a child, you are often told you can look but never touch. With this mantra in mind, Londoners have been scouring the city on a hunt to find eggs that they can look at, but not touch.

The Faberge egg hunt consists of 200 three-foot eggs placed all over the city in the run up to Easter. Up and coming artists have been tasked with making these eggs unique.

They represent so many things and they brighten up an already colourful cityscape.

At face value, they raise money for charity. However, when you go deeper using your senses, these eggs represent a lifetime of interactions you were once denied.

From holding a family heirloom to visiting an expensive department store, these eggs allow you to interact with something of great financial (and artistic) value in a public arena.

Observing from afar, you can really see the temptation in each person that walks past; the colours that make the eggs stand out and shine draw in passers-by.

The temptation gets too much and one by one, just like the children walking in front of them, adults too begin to run their fingers over the surface of the pieces. Their touch altered by the feel of the various mediums used to transform these unusual canvasses.

However, not every Faberge work of art is as accessible. If you look closely enough as you wander through London’s famous West End, you will notice an egg or two suspended in the sky; thin wires the only thing preventing them from crashing to earth like Humpty Dumpty in the classic nursery rhyme.

Touch is arguably the most important of the senses. It allows you to distinguish between hot and cold; it allows you to interact with your surroundings and embrace your loved ones.

London is a place to explore using all of your senses. It is a vast playground for the child inside of you. I urge you to touch before you look whilst on the Big Egg Hunt but take great care while you do; these artworks are guaranteed to be one of a kind.

Words and images by Greg Flucker

Find out more about The Big Egg Hunt: www.thebigegghunt.co.uk

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