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Books About Big Art
  • A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932
    A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932
    by John Richardson
  • Sarah Lucas: A Catalog Raisonné
    Sarah Lucas: A Catalog Raisonné
    by Yilmaz Dziewior, Sarah Lucas
  • Grayson Perry
    Grayson Perry
    by Jacky Klein
  • Hendrik Kerstens (English and Dutch Edition)
    Hendrik Kerstens (English and Dutch Edition)
    by Pim Milo, Kathy Ryan
  • David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
    David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
    by Marco Livingstone, Margaret Drabble, Tim Barringer, Xavier Salomon, Stuart Comer, Martin Gayford
  • Vernon Ah Kee: Born in this Skin
    Vernon Ah Kee: Born in this Skin
    by Robert Leonard, Anthony Gardner, Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Blair French, Glenn Barkley
  • Yayoi Kusama
    Yayoi Kusama
    by Midori Yamamura, Jo Applin, Yayoi Kusama
  • Henry Moore: From the Inside Out; Plasters, Carvings, Drawings
    Henry Moore: From the Inside Out; Plasters, Carvings, Drawings
    Prestel Publishing
  • Wall and Piece
    Wall and Piece
    by Banksy
  • Mark Rothko
    Mark Rothko
    by Mr. Jeffrey Weiss
  • Louise Bourgeois
    Louise Bourgeois
    by Robert Storr, Paulo Herkenhoff
  • Damien Hirst
    Damien Hirst
    by Ann Gallagher
Join the Big Picture

A blog that aims to spark thoughts and inspire by seeking out and sharing works of art

Historically, artists have always worked big, and nowadays those boundaries are being pushed to the limits.

Large-scale art, whether in the form of photos from the Hubble space telescope, sharks floating in tanks of formaldehyde, rooms full of dots, concrete sculptures cast from Victorian buildings or hand knitted blankets wrapped around trees, large-scale art is all around us. Join the Big Picture aims to spark thoughts and inspire by seeking out and sharing these works.

All content by Karla Thompson, an ex-pat Aussie living in East London. When not working on Join the Big Picture she is part of the backbone to the Leonhard Pfeifer brand.

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Entries in Eggs (5)


The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt - Roundup

We have been watching The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt with much interest over here at Join the Big Picture and even thought about bidding on an egg. But then thought, what would one do with a big egg given that one lives in a small abode in the centre of London?

The egg hunt finished spectacularly, breaking a Guinness World Record for the 'Most Participants in an Egg Hunt' with 12,773 participants across London over a six week period. Not to mention all the unofficial litte Sherlock’s who do not have access to their parent’s phones (well, not yet…)

Our little Sherlock with her favourite eggs Phoenix by Nilesh Mistry and  The Mighty Moshi Egg by Moshi Monsters.

All the eggs have now been sold at auction raising over £1 million for the charities Elephant Family and Action for Children.

The most expensive egg, auctioning for £51,000, was Humpty Dumpty by The Prince's Drawing School signed by TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

Followed closely by Zaha Hadid’s Dichotomy for £45,000 – She is so fab.

So, maybe buying an egg was not an option anyway. Visiting the final gathering off eggs in Covent Garden Easter Saturday was free, so that will have to do.

Here are some of our favourites from the day.

The Alpha Egg of London by Joanne Holbrook and It's What's Inside That Counts by Hazel Nicholls.  Ah, so true...

Metropolis by Rob & Nick Carter and Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham by Charlie's Cartoons.

Gregg by Brodie Neill and Fragile by Richard Beckett, Sarat Babu & Alexandrina Rizova.

The gaggle of egg lovers gathering in Covent Garen Market.

More fragile eggs where hung inside with Nymphéas by Robbie Honey in the foreground.

Vanitas Vitrified by Emma Clegg and Stud by Hannah Martin.

Algorithm by Wilkinson Eyre and All that Glisters (Not in my best interest) by Lily Lewis.

Ornament and Abstraction Mask by Claude Temin-Vergez.

Rebirth by Leyla and Gothegg by Andrejs Ritins

The Birds Promise by Rob Ryan.

La Vie en Rose by Janet Law and Purpura Vallis Egg by Kristjana Williams.

KOJAK by Tracey Neuls.

One Eye Wide Shut by Lingjing Yin and Remarkable Connections by The East India Company with Sam Joyce.

Whew. What a lot of eggs. You can read all my egg posts here.

I still think my favourite egg is Rara Avis by Rachel Freire.


Egg round-up

The Big Egg hunt ended today, and as of Tuesday 2 April, will all be in Covent Garden for the finale.

Here is a round up of the final pick of eggs my 3-almost-4-mama year old and I found, in our limited searches of Canary Wharf, The City and Green Park.

In keeping with her love of all things pink-and-still-pinker-until-everything-must-be-the-pinkest, the pink one was the favourite, by far.

Olympia Parc Julian Brown

Other eggs that have made it through the stringent approval process of a 3-almost-4-mama year old are:

The Power of Plants Susan Entwistle

Songthrush Helen Cowcher

Citadel Caio Locke

Chocolate Egg Paul A. Young

3-almost-4-mama year old trying to lick the glass...

Birdie Demelza Hill

Anima Mundi - 'Awakening the soul of the world' Jill Berelowitz


Around the world before bedtime – Big Egg Hunt

Well, The Big Egg Hunt finishes in a week and I still have a stack of eggs to talk about, so it will be eggs, eggs and more eggs over here until after Easter.

We embarked on a family expedition to hunt for the eggs, and found some wonderful works. So here is the fifth egg we found on our journey.

Around the world before bedtime, by Miss Dee, on the round-about at Trafalgar Square.

The egg is painted with a whimsical scene of a little girl, an umbrella and her bear, floating away in the wind. The work is sweet and reminds me of the stories of Winnie the Pooh. Christopher Robin with his umbrella, and Winnie the Pooh blowing away on windy days.

You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” - Winnie the Pooh

Stay tuned for more eggs....



Rara Avis by Rachel Freire

Outside the Royal Exchange buildings EC2 in London, and hand crafted in leather, Rara Avis is my favourite from The Big Egg Hunt collection so far.

Rara Avis, meaning an unusual, uncommon, or exceptional person or thing, has been hand crafted by Rachel Freire using the softest shade of pink with black leather.

Rara Avis, by Rachel Freire from The Big Egg Hunt 2012

I love the texture of the piece, the element of 'craft' and the duality of her 'flowers'. Rachel has recently launched a garment called Nip and Tuck at London Fashion Week Spring 2012, covered in flowers fashioned from the leather scraps of 3,000 Cow and Yak nipples, recovered from tanneries.

This piece has created media outrage with MPs and animal right campaigners, but Rachel has defended her work by saying that ‘They really make you aware of the animal itself.

I create fashion using material that would otherwise end up on the scrap heap.

What I am doing is recycling. The people criticising are clearly clueless about the amount of leather wasted on a daily basis.'

I like the duality of the work indeed. Especially when perched outside Louis Vuitton.

I have searched my photographs of her egg for the slightest protrusion of a nipple and alas, have not been able to spot one. Maybe I will have to go back for a second look.


The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt

London 15.02.12 – 07.04.12


Living in London has its moments. It is busy, rude, grey, expensive, crowded and the public transport system is rubbish. But today, amongst the chaos of Liverpool Street I saw a couple of shiny eggs that made me stop.

Part of The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, these three eggs are part of a collection of over 200 uniquely crafted eggs, created by leading artists, designers, architects and jewellers, and hidden across the capital.

I have found three, but after reading through the blurb on The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt site, will be heading out on a couple of egg hunting adventures with my daughter.

Egg Cup by Studio Weave at Liverpool Street Station

L'ŒUF by British graffito Pochoir on Bishopsgate

From little acorns, mighty oaks do grow by Loz Atkinson at Liverpool Street Station.

The Faberge Big Egg Hunt is a plan hatched by Elephant Family and Action for Children for a record-breaking egg hunt across Central London to raise money for these two egg-cellent causes!

Follow The Big Egg Hunt on Twitter using #BigEggHunt