A man living in a small village in eastern Poland creates intricate paintings on Easter eggs. Roselle Chen reports.
He never went to art school, but Mariusz Dubiel has turned the Easter tradition of painting eggs into an intricate art form. Dubiel has been decorating eggs for 15 years, practicing the art until he could copy religious works by Renaissance masters like Da Vinci. It takes him about an hour to scratch one hen egg and three hours for ostrich eggs. Even though his work is widely admired for its craftsmanship and attention to detail, Dubiel says his main purpose is spiritual. SOUNDBITE: Mariusz Dubiel, Easter egg artist, saying (Polish): "My Easter eggs convey emotion, and bring forth the feeling that we are not alone in the universe. By looking at these eggs, we can open ourselves up to the essence of God. It's not only about the eggs' aesthetics, coloring, or that they are pretty. They are supposed to arouse sadness, joy and hope. But this is the most important message of all - that faith in God may be shown in this particular way, not only on a painting but also in the structure of an egg." Easter eggs symbolize spring and the awakening of new life, but most of all, rebirth, on the day that according to Christian tradition marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ.