At long last I can reveal the design of my egg for The Big Egg Hunt (see my previous post for details). Last night it and 99 other eggs were hidden around Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Let me know when you find mine – send photos even!
and here are some pics of me painting it (taken by Lauren O’Hara)
If you want the full rational of what the design is about here it is:
Stranded in Paradise
I interpreted the egg as a symbol of the start of a life – full of promise. Taking that as a start point, I turned my thoughts to my own birth and childhood growing up in Palmerston North – a small town in a small and isolated country during the 70s. During my teenage years I felt our isolation as a double edged sword – providing our unique lifestyle but small and distant from everywhere.
In the design I am represented by a fantail (relatively common in Palmerston North) yearning to take flight and explore the world (represented by the compass rose) but being held back by the isolation and conservatism of 70s life in NZ (the tendrils of paisley wrapping themselves around the bird). The title is a reference to the book of the same name released in 1988, the title of which struck a chord with me as a youth.
This egg is dedicated to the memory of one on the nicest blokes I have had the pleasure of meeting – Nick Linney.
See it on display in the foyer of WCC just off Civic Square in Wellington
NB Sadly it is not open during the weekend
And you can bid for it on TradeMe – all proceeds to Starship Hospital
Late last year I was approached by Starship Foundation (along with a bunch of other well known New Zealand artists and designers including Greg O’Brien, John Reynolds, John Pule, Dick Frizzell, Max Gimblett, Karl Maughan, David Trubridge, Nigel Brown, Seraphine Pick, Hannah Jensen, Dame Trelise Cooper and Denise L’Estrange-Corbet.) and asked if I would decorate a giant fibreglass egg which would be auctioned off to raise money for the hospital.
This Easter the eggs will be hidden across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch for 33 days, from 21 March to 22 April and members of the public will be able to join the egg hunt either for fun or to compete for the currently under-wraps grand prize. The Whittaker’s Big Egg Hunt will raise funds for the Starship Foundation, a charity supporting the national children’s hospital to provide world-leading care for almost 120,000 patient visits each year. All 100 eggs will be auctioned off for Starship – 80 of them on Trade Me, and 20 of them at a gala event in April.
I can’t reveal the design of my egg until next week but I can show you the photo I took of it on Seatoun Beach before I started painting on it (see above).
Watch this space for more news – I will update when I can show the finished egg.
Get involved – It is a fantastic cause!
About the Starship Foundation: Starship is New Zealand’s national children’s hospital. There are nearly 120,000 patient visits to Starship Children’s Health every year by children from all over New Zealand.