Ducking down Teed Street in Newmarket yesterday evening, on the way to a meeting -- and I find eggs. At first I thought these were some sort of retail adwork. Promoting something, well -- eggy, maybe? Modern design store? Minimalist furnishings?
No, this is street artwork. $70,000 worth of street artwork, commissioned by the Newmarket Arts Trust which raised funds for this sort of thing from local businesses.
"Artist Seung Yul Oh says the work is designed to challenge the public's imagination and people can make of it whatever they like. The egg shaped sculptures are being called Globgobs."
The eggs - er, sorry, Globgobs -- were installed as part of an overall upgrade of Teed and Osbourne Streets, off Broadway. Considering I was seeing this for the first time on a bit of a stormy grey day, late on an autumn afternoon, I was really impressed with how wonderful the two streets look right now.
But -- eggs? There's nine of them, so that makes each one just over $7777, unveiled on a cold wet night last year, 25 June.
According to a press release:
To be fair, they do, at least, catch the eye.Chairman of the Newmarket Arts Trust, David Haigh, says the artist has cleverly created a marriage of the old and the new with his nine brightly coloured egg-shaped 'Globgobs'. "The egg, as a symbol of new life and hope, goes back into ancient times and through many cultures. In a similar fashion, the streets of Osborne and Teed are now transformed into a desirable retail centre. To me the eggs are a joyous and colourful attraction to the area and are at a level that children can enjoy their visual beauty," says Mr Haigh.