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Monday March 30 2015 / Art & Design

Easter Sunday falls this weekend and with this religious festival comes the Christian custom of the Easter egg.


Engraved ostrich egg from the ‘Africa’ series by Eggdoodler

The tradition of Easter eggs is thought to date back to the early Christians of Mesopotamia who coloured eggs with a scarlet stain to represent the blood of Christ, before the Christian church embraced Easter eggs as a symbol of the resurrection.


Close-up of an engraved ostrich egg from the ‘Africa’ series by Eggdoodler

However, decorating the shells of eggs for religious or commemorative reasons is an ancient practice, established well before these Christian traditions.


Engraved ostrich egg from the ‘Africa’ series by Eggdoodler


Close-up of an engraved ostrich egg from the ‘Africa’ series by Eggdoodler

For example, over 5,000 years ago, the ancient Egyptians and Sumerians put adorned ostrich eggs as well as gold or silver representations of ostrich eggs in people’s tombs, while 60,000-year-old ostrich eggs decorated with engravings have been discovered in Africa.

Revisiting the age-old tradition of ostrich egg decoration is contemporary artist Eggdoodler.


Eggdoodler at work

This creative American carves highly detailed scenes of animals – elephants, giraffes and rhinos – into the shells of these flightless birds’ eggs in his series entitled ‘Africa’.


Eggdoodler's tools

The series title is a neat reference to not only the origin of the featured animals but also ostriches, which are native to this continent.


Engraved ostrich egg from the ‘Africa’ series by Eggdoodler

For those wondering how he does it, Eggdoodler reveals: “Carefully, and between wiping nose prints off of my magnifier!”


Close-up of an engraved ostrich egg from the ‘Africa’ series by Eggdoodler

It took the best part of four years for the bespectacled craftsman to perfect his technique.

Below, he compares his first ever carving, from 2007, with one of the eggs from his final project, completed in 2011.

 

“When I started, I wanted to learn as much as possible – the characteristics of the shell, how far I could push before failure and so on,” he says. 

“The first hand piece was literally falling apart by the time I was done, I was kind of rough on them. But I did manage to get some neat textures with the wobbly, worn out head, though with not much control.”

I think we can all agree that, in the end, Eggdoodler definitely cracked it, (corny) pun intended.

For more information, please visit http://eggdoodler.deviantart.com/.

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Steven Rogers

Monday March 2 2015 / Science & Technology

In Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Willy Wonka takes a wide-eyed Charlie Bucket on a ride in his “great glass lift”.

“This isn't just an ordinary up-and-down lift!” declares Wonka proudly. “This lift can go sideways and longways and slantways and any other way you can think of!”


It turns out Wonka’s lift – dubbed the Wonkavator in the first movie adaptation – wasn't just the fruits of Dahl’s fertile imagination.

German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp have unveiled plans for their own omnidirectional lift – or elevator – called MULTI.

Monday February 2 2015 / Science & Technology - Art & Design

Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde has designed this fabulous glow-in-the-dark cycle path near Eindhoven, the Netherlands, to commemorate the life and work of Vincent van Gogh.

Inspired by the swirly brushstrokes and bright flashes that feature in the renowned painter’s oil-on-canvas classic The Starry Night, the one-kilometre bicycle path boasts 50,000 solar-powered, luminous stones embedded in the ground.

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