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Vegreville Pysanka #1

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 16 July 2010 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

A series of roadside attractions known as the Giants of the Prairies can be found in Central Alberta. Vegreville, Canada is the site of the largest Easter egg in the world. The Easter egg or Ukrainian 'Pysanka,' was constructed in 1975 to commemorate early Ukrainian settlements in an area east of Edmonton. The unique nature and complicated geometry of the egg shape made the design of the Pysanka a highly complex undertaking. Professor Ronald Resch, a computer scientist at the University of Utah, agreed to take on the design project. Professor Resch was responsible for the entire Pysanka concept which required the development of new computer programs. The Pysanka is really an immense jig-saw puzzle containing 524 star patterns, 2,206 equilateral triangles, 3,512 visible facets, 6,978 nuts and bolts, and 177 internal struts. As a result of Professor Resch's work and leadership, the Pysanka is recognized around the world as not only a unique artistic masterpiece but also an achievement of nine mathematical, architectural and engineering firsts. The design represents the first computer modeling of an egg. Thousands of tourists from around the world visit Vegreville annually and marvel at the Pysanka. It measures 25.7 feet long, 18.3 feet wide, and stands 31.6 feet high. It is one of the premier tourist attractions on the Trans Canada Yellowhead Highway.

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Bill Brown from California, United States

Beautiful capture! The background information is absolutely amazing.

16 Jul 2010 5:05am

@Bill Brown: Thank you very much Bill! ;-)

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Great capture of this roadside attraction. I just love these. And I love Ukrainian eggs. Thanks for the info!

16 Jul 2010 5:26am

@Bettina: Thank you very much Bettina! ;-)

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

yes haha goes without saying how very clever!!! maths and art! good pairing!
made for a fantastic image Eric, be great to see it in the flesh!! good job!!

16 Jul 2010 6:31am

@kate: Thank you very much Kate! ;-)

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

An impressive Easter egg :-)

16 Jul 2010 6:36am

@Calusarus: Thank you very much Fred! ;-)

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

merci pour l'intéressant commentaire ! on se cultive sur AM3

16 Jul 2010 7:12am

@Veronique: Merci beaucoup, Veronique ! Oui, nous faisons notre mieux nous améliorer avec chacun l'autre aide. ;-)

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Nice capture. Its like a odd shaped golf ball on a tie.

16 Jul 2010 8:07am

@Philip: Thank you Philip! Easter egg actually.... ;-)

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Thanks for your explanation Eric. Interesting. Already more things today that I did not know! Magnifico giant egg full of wonderful spellings. A visual impact. The fragility of an egg stuck in a stand. As the plane was made of marble! Lightweight at odds with the weight that is supposed to sculpture! Best regards, Adela

16 Jul 2010 8:07am

@Fonts: Thank you very much Adela! ;-)

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Never seen this, how strange, I love it, merci beaucoup!

16 Jul 2010 11:13am

@Lorraine: Thank you very much Lorraine! ;-)

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Sure is one big colourful egg

16 Jul 2010 12:02pm

@P J W Miller: Thank you very much Peter! Yes, there is a large Ukranian community here.... ;-)

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

what a cool find :))

16 Jul 2010 12:05pm

@MARIANA: Thank you Mariana! Stay tuned for more intersting finds...... ;-)

Yvon from Orleans, France

très impressionnant; thank's for interesting comments, Eric

16 Jul 2010 12:37pm

@Yvon: Thank you very much Yvon! ;-)

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

I've heard about this large egg, but have never seen it. Very cool. Thanks for posting thie.

16 Jul 2010 2:38pm

@Terral: Thank you Terral! Yes, this series will take a look at some of these gems located here..... ;-)

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

I've heard about this large egg, but have never seen it. Very cool. Thanks for posting this.

16 Jul 2010 2:39pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

That sure is a huge Egg I do believe I had read about if before but never realized it was this big

16 Jul 2010 2:42pm

@JJ: Thank you very much JJ and welcome to my blog! Please come back and visit soon.... ;-)

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening Eric,
ooohhh, a giant Easter egg in the summer. The pattern looks interesting and it is the second largest egg, which I saw before. Thanks for the interesting information. The first biggest egg I saw at a conference in Bonn in the Rhine meadows. There I saw a huge surprise egg. It is so called. The little surprise eggs are made of chocolate. This includes small figures inside as a surprise for children. Sometimes, even adults appreciate the content of the eggs. Unfortunately I have no photo of the Giant Egg, but only one video film. For the Giant Egg, I give you 10 stars ********** I am looking forward to the next pictures. Have a nice evening, and all the best. Thanks for your nice comment and the stars. Dear greetings Christel

16 Jul 2010 6:06pm

@Christel: Thank you very much Christel! You are very kind! ;-)

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Sugata from Newark, United States

That's a very unique structure... thanks for sharing!

16 Jul 2010 8:12pm

@Sugata: Thank you Sugata! Hope you enjoy the series.... ;-)

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is fabulous and a very well done composition and frame I have a dear friendi n Red Deer whom we plan to visit one day - I will put this on the list as a must see attraction - Great Job Eric!

16 Jul 2010 8:37pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thank you very much Denny! Red Deer is only about two hours away.....just a short trip out here.... ;-))

Vert Pomme from Montreuil Sous Bois, France

Attention a ne pas faire une omelette ...avec cet équilibre précaire !!!!! Superbe.

16 Jul 2010 8:51pm

@Vert Pomme: Merci beaucoup Vert Pomme! ;-)

Becky from los angeles, United States

wow - that's a big egg - very cool

17 Jul 2010 1:05am

@Becky: Thank you very much Becky and welcome to my blog! Please come back and visit soon...... ;-)

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Great history on this giant egg Eric!

17 Jul 2010 4:48am

@Scott F. Schilling: Thank you very much Scott! ;-)

pixator from Iran

Interesting shot!

17 Jul 2010 7:28pm

@pixator: Thank you Pixator! ;-)

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Outstanding design and thanks for the information.

18 Jul 2010 3:16am

@Ralph Jones: Thank you very much Ralph! ;-)

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

This is so cool! I love it!

18 Jul 2010 3:58am

@Tracy: Thank you very much Tracy! ;-)

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Very interesting project they created here ..the Pysanka ..i had never heard of it....nice capture..but i did know about the Ukrainians and eggs creation...

18 Jul 2010 2:45pm

@StarCosmosBleu: Thank you very much Marcel! Yes, we have a lot of Ukranians in this part of the country...primarily because it reminds them of the Ukrane. ;-)

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Eric, undoubtedly, this is awesome.

18 Jul 2010 4:39pm

@El pare: Thank you very much Manel! ;-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Now....this is a sight to see! Thank you for the very detailed information!

19 Jul 2010 5:14am

@Japanalia: Thank you Gabriela! ;-)

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Wow, that is a humongous egg ! Great capture Eric.

20 Jul 2010 3:32am

Judy aka Ladybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

What a piece of eye candy this is, Eric ... a terrific composition with great information.

23 Jul 2010 7:38pm


Très original!! bravo!!
Amitiés de France:CLAIRE

24 Jul 2010 7:45pm

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