Friday, April 06, 2007

Easter Eggs

The worlds largest Easter Eggs:

World's biggest Easter egg
A Belgian city has entered the Guinness book of records with the biggest Easter egg ever.
The Belgian chocolate producer Guylian made the chocolate egg with at least 50.000 bars on behalf of the city of St. Niklaas. The egg measured 8.32 metres high and beats the record of Kwazulu-Natal in South-Africa in 1996. That egg was 7.65 metres high. Twenty-six craftsman worked altogether 525 hours to build the egg. They needed 1950 kg of chocolates.
Alderman Urbain Vercauteren of the city of St.Niklaas said the egg wasn't meant to be eaten. He said: "After a week outside in all weather conditions, I don't think it would be very tasteful."

And a more permanent one (I have seen this one):
Vegreville, Canada is the site of the largest Easter egg in the world. The Easter egg or Ukranian 'Pysanka,' was constructed in 1975 to commemorate early Ukranian 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.
World Recognition
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.
EggFacts·
Egg Width: 25.7 feet· (7.83m)
Egg Height: 18.3 feet· (5.58m)
Total Height: 31.6 feet·
Material: Aluminum skin· Turns like weathervane·
Weight: 5,000 pounds·
Star Patterns: 524·
Triangular Pieces: 2,206·
Visible Facets: 3,512·
Nuts and Bolts: 6,978·
Internal Struts: 177·
Man Hours: 12,000

2 comments:

Ron said...

Laura,

I am please you have seen my Vegreville Easter Egg and like it enough to post it here. After 32 years I have just taken the time to rebuild the data structure and make new computer images. I have also for this Easter recalculated stats for the Egg and have noticed some errors that have stood for over 3 decades. As you will see I have gone to some effort to make an accurate accounting.

Check it out at: http://www.ronresch.com/Members/ronresch/egg-static-counting/

I was unaware of this Chocolate Egg. Thanks for showing it.

Did you happen to take this picture of the Vegreville Easter Egg?

Ron Resch
RonResch@gmail.com

laura said...

Thanks for the comment.
No, the picture is from site that I linked to for the article below. I do have a couple of pictures of it, but not here.