Calgary, AB – The egg has long been a universal symbol of life and a very unique egg is just hatching at the Calgary Zoo. The 25-foot egg, entitled “Egg – The Unity of Diversity, 2013” was commissioned by the Calgary Zoo in 2012 through the City’s Public Art Policy.
The sculpture, representing the biodiversity of life on Earth and the unity of all living things, was designed by Brower Hatcher and Marly Rogers of Mid-Ocean Studio in Providence, Rhode Island. A local Calgary company, F & D Scene Changes, fabricated the engaging art work made of steel tube, aluminum and concrete.
“The colourful egg-shaped structure which includes modelled representations of both animals and plants is meant to provide an engaging way to encourage zoo visitors to consider the many ways that everything in nature is connected,” explained Laurie Skene, Manager of Communications for the zoo. “We hope that this public art piece will appeal to all of our guests, but in particular to the many thousands of children who visit the zoo each year.”
Guests will be able to walk right through the egg-shaped structure located just outside of the zoo’s main north entrance and enjoy the engaging embedments that are characteristic of Brower Hatcher creations such as his other well-known Canadian public art piece, the Kelowna bear. (See attached backgrounder on the artist.) The egg will be able to be illuminated at night and is expected to be fully assembled and open for public enjoyment by the end of November.