Zaha Hadid in London: From Olympic Stadiums to Fabergé Eggs
February 27, 2012
Behold Zaha Hadid’s Fabergé Egg. You know you’re a big deal when you get tapped to design a 2-foot-6-inch-tall fiberglass egg alongside Dame Maggie Smith (who rode the cultural wave with her Downton Abbey-themed egg). Such an honor has been bestowed upon a select few architects, including Zaha Hadid, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, and architectural practice Fourfoursixsix. According to Art Info, the eggs are all part of a massive citywide ‘Fabergé Big Egg Hunt’ taking place in London now until April 7th. Rather than litter the streets with seasonal Cadbury’s treats, London is getting its Easter on by hiding individually designed Fabergé Eggs throughout the city. The goal is to raise £1,000,000 for two charities: The Elephant Family and Action for Children. While the hidden eggs are up for auction, they also contain codes that, when texted to a hotline, will donate the charge of each text to charity and provide an entry for a competition to win a bejeweled egg coated in gold and set with 60 diamonds, emeralds, and sapphires (no, this is not a joke). It’s Russian imperial culture meets Foursquare meets the Goblet of Fire meets high art. Happy Easter!