The world largest Ukranian Styled Easter Egg (Pysanka) can be found in this small town Vegreville, Alberta, Canada. This easter egg is located in Elks Park. See below for map and driving direction.
This PYSANKA (Ukrainian Easter Egg) was erected to symbolize the cultures of the settlers of this area during the early years of the twentieth century. It symbolizes also the harmony which has prevailed among the numerous ethno-cultural groups who have developed this prosperous community. The Vegreville Pysanka is dedicated to the centenary of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, in recognition of their efforts to establish peace and security and thus make this area accessible to one of the largest multicultural communities in Canada. This is a project of the Vegreville and District Chamber of Commerce in June 1975.
Conceptual and graphic design for this unique memorial was developed by Paul M. Sembaliuk, with the architectural assistance of George Chernenko. The structural material is aluminum, and permaloy hard coat anodized colors of bronze, silver and gold are used in the design.
Ron Resch, a computer scientist at the University of Utah, developed and engineered the physical structure of the PYSANKA. He was assisted at the same University by Edward Sharp, Director Computer Center; Robert McDermott, Mathematics and Programming; James Milochik, Computer Photo Laboratory; Dick Sites, James Yocum, Dieter Sterman, James Mahood, Fred Childs, and Arthur Troutner, Truss Joists Corporation, Boise, Idaho.
Traditional designs, motifs, and symbols adapted to the computer grid by Paul Sembaliuk give added meaning to the contemporary gigantic egg form.
Professor Resch’s computer structure and manufacturing techniques represent the:
- First mathematical or geometric definition of an egg shape.
- First practical application of the theory of mathematical curve definition known as B-splines.
- First architectural shell structure in which the surface completely closes on itself.
- First authentic egg shape to be built as a structure.
- First practical realization of an engineering technique which can build any surface form by replication of only two standardized module elements.
- First architectural structure whose surface geometry requirements are as complex as the aero-dynamic surface definition of an aircraft or missile cone.
- First architectural structure where both computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing techniques are employed to create the structural skin.
- First architectural structure in which all of the pieces are literally made from the drawing board; ie, each piece is cut out on a numeric-controlled drafting table.
- First architectural structure in which every part has an engraved name determined by its relative location in the structure. It can then be completely assembled by unskilled labor with only the aid of a chart.
Map & Driving Direction
Exact location of Easter Egg Parking Lot is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map (click EXTERNAL LINK below to view map).