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Huge Fried Eggs Fill a City Plaza

Dutch artist Henk Hofstra is known for his huge public installations, such as when he turned a city street into a river by painting it blue. In 2010, he created this massive work that Eugene of My Modern Met describes as "if God threw giant eggs down at us." It's called Art Eggcident and was placed in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden. It's not an act of serious commentary, but a joke based on a Dutch expression. Hofstra explains:

What was your inspiration for the "Art Eggcident" project?

There's a Dutch expression: "To lay down the first egg, you have to start with the first egg." In the city of Leeuwarden people talked a lot about what to do with Zaailand. It's one of the biggest city squares in Holland. There were a lot of plans for it, but nobody started. That's why I started with the first egg (and several more) and made them huge.

What kind of reactions did you get from people?

I had a lot of reactions. Off course, the reactions were not always the same. Some people liked it very much, some people didn't. When it was ready for a couple of hours 80 % was negative, just a few weeks later 80 % was positive. The surrounding shops were very positive because it attracted a lot of tourists and they sold more than otherwise.

-via Flavorwire


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