10,000 Easter eggs on tree in Germany draw attention (Photo)

By on Mar 25, 2013 in Environment, Europe, Lifestyle Comments

An apple tree with 10,000 Easter eggs on it is getting attention in Germany, which was designed by Volker Kraft, as shown in the photo below. Kraft, 76, of Saalfeld, Thuringia reportedly started decorating the five-meter high apple tree around 45 years ago, and has been a head-turner over the decades.

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The 10,000 Easter egg tree in Germany
Credit: DPA via TheLocal.de

According to a report at TheLocal.de, a German news site in English today, Monday, March 25, 2013, Volker Kraft and his wife filled their apple tree in their backyard with only 18 Easter eggs on its first year. The number increases as the said tree continues to grow over the years, and had more than 10,000 Easter eggs since last year.

As noted in the report, Mr. Kraft‘s tree had 1,000 Easter eggs in the middle of the 1990s and the tree now has exactly 10,030 hand-decorated eggs on it. The German couple spent days in climbing ladders decorating it with brightly decorated chicken and duck eggs, and the freezing weather did not stop them.

“The weather made it difficult this year. So we didn’t know if we’d finish decorating in time.” Volker Kraft was quoted in the report. The Easter eggs were patiently decorated by his wife and daughter; and cover them with seashells or mosaic designs. Some of them even have seeds that serve as snack food for the garden bird.

“Ever since the tree has become well known, we feel obligated to decorate it every year. As long as we can both still climb a ladder, we’ll keep doing it.” Kraft added, noting that he got inspired to fill their tree with Easter eggs when he used to pass by a lilac bush every day on his way to school, and found it attractive.

However, the 10,000 Easter eggs on the tree of Mr. Kraft is still far to be in the Guinness World Records. Based on the records of Guinness, the largest Easter egg tree was set by Zoo Rostock of GmbH, Rostock, Germany, who decorated a tree with 76,596 painted hens’ eggs on April 8, 2007.

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Volker Kraft, standing beside the apple tree with more than 10,000 Easter eggs
Image Credit: DPA via TheLocal.de

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