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Vegreville Pysanka

The World's Largest Easter Egg!

Pysanka comes from the verb pysty - to write. Why an egg? The story began in 1973 when the Alberta government established the Alberta Century Celebrations Committee to coordinate the centennial celebrations of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to be held in 1974. The committee was to distribute funds to communities that wished to build a monument to the R.C.M.P.

It is one of the premier tourist attractions on the Yellowhead Highway and is known worldwide.

The Chamber's Challenge: The Vegreville and District Chamber of Commerce took up the challenge. Numerous suggestions were made but the best by far was a giant Easter Egg symbolizing the peace and security the Mounties offered the areas, pioneers and their descendants.

To Build a Pysanka: Professor Resch, computer scientist at the University of Utah, was responsible for the entire Pysanka concept which required the development of new computer programs. The Pysanka is really an immense jigsaw puzzle containing 524 star patterns, 2,208 equilateral triangles, 3,512 visible facets, 6,978 nuts and bolts, and 177 internal struts. 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.

Symbolic Meanings: This Pysanka (Ukrainian Easter Egg) symbolizes the harmony, vitality and culture of the community and is dedicated, as a tribute, to the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who brought peace and security to the largest multi-cultural settlement in all of Canada.

 

 

The Pysanka measures 25.7 feet long, 18 feet wide, & stands 31 feet high. 2,000 pound aluminum skin is attached to the central mast at a 30-degree angle with 177 turnbuckle struts.  The massive internal structure weighs 3,000 pounds.  The base is 27,000 pounds of concrete and steel. It turns in the wind like a weathervane. 

 

A Royal Visit

A plaque to commemorate the visit to Vegreville of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh to Vegreville, sits in the park.