The Big Egg Hunt , working with The Jack and Jill Foundation
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the big egg hunt dublin six0six design

Looking Back on The Big Egg Hunt

In 2013 the Jack and Jill foundation ran a fundraiser with their BIG EGG HUNT. I was sorting through some folders on my desktop recently and found all my photos of the event and the process shots I took of it along the way. And I realised I didn’t have a record of it up here on my website.

This was the first of three projects that I did as fundraising campaigns with The Jack and Jill Foundation. It is a wonderful Irish charity helping to support and care to families with critically ill young children and babies.

The following year they gave us a giant PIG to work with and then they started their incognito art exhibition the year after that. This is me with the finished piece. I titled my egg The Golden Age.

Photo credit Paul Sherwood

The initial Idea

All of the artists were given a plaster cast giant egg to work with. Before you were accepted to take part you had to pitch your design. I wish I could find my initial design sketches, or even the email with my proposal. But alas it has been lost to the ages.

six0six design the big egg hunt fundraiser

My Inspiration

From what I can remember I centred my theme around childlike wonder and storytelling. A reflection of the Jack and Jill foundations own aims in helping children. The quote I chose was from JM Barrie’s writing to wrap around my egg.

I am youth, I am joy, I am a little bird that has broken out of the egg – JM Barrie

artist project using vintage maps of Dublin

I called my Egg sculpture – The Golden Age. This was a reference to that point in childhood when all is golden and innocent. JM Barrie’s writing has always reflected this childlike wonder perfectly to me.

The making process

I used metal leaf to represent this value. Which I then (very) painstakingly applied to the eggs surface, shaping it around the lettering. I can’t even remember how many hours I spent on the gold leaf. But it was worth it.

For each of the letters of the JM Barrie quote I hand cut them from a vintage map of Dublin city centre. I also used the map for the tiny little birds that danced around the sculpture.

six0six design fundraiser for the jack and jill foundation
birds cut from maps

My egg went on display in Clerys Department store. All of the eggs were part of a giant egg hunt, It was a fantastic idea as families went all over Dublin searching out the eggs, it was a great way to get the public involved.

Jack and Jill Charity Fundraiser with Irish artists

They were all later auctioned off. At the time I remember mine was bought by a big company somewhere in Dublin. But, and here is the terrible thing. I can’t remember who they were. So if you do happen to spot it out in the wild let me know. I would love to come and visit it once more!

The big egg hunt fundraiser for the jack and Jill foundation
The Golden Age egg by six0six design