With the booming popularity of Instagram-Influencer-Selfie-Farms such as the Museum of Illusions and Immersive Van Gogh taking up space everywhere, it’s expected that folks have forgotten completely about The Egg House, which was open from April through June of 2018 in NYC. The Egg House was an immersive, fantasy pop-up space that took visitors inside the home of an anthropomorphic Egg named Ellis. It was in Ellis’s kitchen that one would encounter rows and rows of Millennial Pink Spatulas (and the occasional wire whisk) suspended from the ceiling.
Do you like Eggs? I sure do. If you like Eggs and also enjoy visiting the weird little artsy pop-up events that happen in NYC every so often, such as the Museum of Ice Cream and The Museum of Feelings, then you will want to check out The Egg House. Celebrating its grand opening this past weekend, The Egg House is an egg-themed pop up featuring immersive installations and offering a multi-sensory, interactive experience, not to mention — but you can see I am about to — the thing that the kids seem to love most these days: endless Instagram /selfie opportunities!
For his third solo show at Kate Werble Gallery, artist Christopher Chiappa presented a new body of work in its entirety; a series of 7,000 handmade fried egg sculptures that completely invaded the gallery’s two rooms, and every nook and cranny in between. Entitled Livestrong, after cyclist Lance Armstrong’s bright yellow, rubber slogan-bracelet campaign, the show was both visually delightful and a bit overwhelming to experience.
Chiappa created the eggs in his studio over a period of five years from cast, poured, sanded and painted plaster. Each egg has a slightly toasted edge and a glossy sheen — like the perfectly prepared, over easy egg.
Installation as Seen from the Street
The attention to detail given to the installation of the eggs was absolutely meticulous. They are just everywhere.
And when I say the eggs were everywhere, I mean all over. Here they are on, around and dripping off of the reception desk.
They’re coming to get you!
This grouping reminds me of Santa Claus!
Here they are creeping into the office pantry.
And moving around the corner.
Up high on the gallery’s pristine white walls.
Dripping from the ceiling and light fixtures.
Unbelievable. It was fun to spot them!
They had a mind of their own!
This woman was actually scolded for stepping too far into this room, where access was restricted, and with good reason. I heard one of the gallerists mention that they were doing their best to stay vigilant at keeping folks from stepping on the eggs as they walked through the gallery rooms, in order to keep each egg in as pristine condition as possible, as the exhibit is moving on to another location after it closed at Kate Werble on Saturday (January 9th). Check out Christopher Chiappa’s website at This Link to find out where that location might be.
Bacon never looked so stylish! In this photo, you can see that the Breakfast Princess has on a rocking outfit, representing all of your favorite breakfast foods, including Eggs (Face, Hair, Shoes), Buttered Toast (Blouse), Pancakes (Skirt) and, most importantly, Bacon (Hair Ribbons and Belt)! And look how friendly she seems! I am so hungry now.