The Biggest Easter Egg by George Cousins

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in the world. When I first saw this in 1992, I was so amazed I had to stop immediately and take this shot. The huge egg (Pysanka in Ukrainian) is over 31 feet high, weighs 5,000 lbs. and is in Vegreville, Alberta, Canada. It was built in 1975 to commemorate the Ukrainian settlers of the prairies east of Edmonton. It was modeled on a computer, the first time an egg had been done that way, and is the achievement of nine mathematical, architectural and engineering firsts.
There’s so many interesting facts about the egg, you should read all about it at, because there’s too much to tell you here. Just the facts about the construction itself are quite amazing.
It’s one of the prime roadside attractions in Canada, and has been visited by thousands of tourists traveling the Yellowhead highway.

The shot was taken in 1992 with a 35mm. Exakta Varex SLR, 50mm.Biotar lens, on high speed Ektachrome film. Scanned at 4000bpi in 2004, using a CanoScan 4000US scanner.

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  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekover 6 years ago

    I guess the first thing I would do, if I saw this, was to have a really good look around to see if the chicken was about.

    Good shot, George. I haven’t seen a photo of this before.

  • I didn’t know it was there, and it was so amazing to come around a corner and see it! You should read the story at that URL I mentioned. The whole project was a first, and just the story behind the graphic design is quite something.

    – George Cousins

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 6 years ago

    wooooohoooo, now were cookin’!! I have photos of this beauty, but taken on film, like you George. I think they must have made the highway go around Vegreville or something, I haven’t noticed it in recent trips past there. Used to be, you drove right by. This is great, love it, and you commentary is just what we want. way to go

  • Thanks Vickie, glad you liked it. My son and I went to Vegreville to do a job for Alberta Power, and neither of us knew the Egg was there. At that time we drove right into town and there it was! I think you’re right, they probably routed the highway around town since then.

    – George Cousins

  • Allen Lucas
    Allen Lucasover 6 years ago

    George, this is fantastic. Thanks for bringing this to the Town Giants group. This is one of my favourite Canadian icons.

  • Cheryl Dunning
    Cheryl Dunningover 6 years ago

    wow..thats one big ..egg

  • As my son said when we saw it, “watch out for the chicken” !

    – George Cousins

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