Easter Sunday this year is in March for some reason so here are fun, new Easter egg designs to celebrate–although some are nearly impossible. The tradition of decorating eggs actually predates Christianity, as eggs have always symbolized rebirth and fertility, and the activity often falls on other holidays that celebrate spring (Iranian New Year falls on the spring equinox). The word Easter itself;
“comes from the Norsemen’s Eostur, Eastar, Ostara, and Ostar, and the pagan goddess Eostre, all of which involve the season of the growing sun and new birth.”
The oldest known decorated eggs are ancient, from 60,000 years ago in Africa to pre-dynastic Egypt. Let’s start with the doable ones. Blogger Allison Murray from Dream a Little Bigger has a tutorial for how to create a galaxy on your egg. The symbolism here is beyond but it’s also simply gorgeous.
Here’s the next step up:
Jiri Zemanek at Advanced Algorithms for Control and Communications (AA4CC) turned a simple Easter egg into an animated zoetrope for some “eggstatic” stroboscopy. There’s actually a thing called an EggBot (thanks to a guy named Bruce Shapiro) where they affixed an egg and a pen to rotate and draw at once, creating even, stroboscopic patterns. For the animation, each egg was then rotated at a custom speed for each design. Some of these designs might be doable if you’re meticulous and crazy enough.
Then there are these incredible goose eggs from overachiever Piotr Bockenheim. The artist took an electric drill and chipped and carved away at the shells with the undeniably fascinating results of meticulously intricate geometric designs.
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