Swarovski Star, made of 3 million crystals, crowns Rockefeller Christmas Tree

Christmas season is upon us, with the unveiling of New York’s iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree signalling the start of festivities. This year marks a new landmark: the decoration that has crowned the tree since 2004 will be replaced by the 40kg Swarovski Star, designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind.

Swarovski Star
[Image: Swarovski]
The glittering ornament consists of three million crystals and 70 spikes of sparkling light bulbs, screwed to a central light source. A metallic sphere in the centre of the star holds the light. Libeskind intended the Swarovski Star to mimic an actual star, where the core radiates light outwards.
“The new Swarovski Star for the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is inspired by the beauty of starlight – something that radiates meaning and mystery into the world”, stated Libeskind.
Swarovski Star
[Image: Swarovski]
The Polish-American architect is no stranger to titanic tasks. Libeskind designed such icons as the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the Denver Art Museum in the United States. Known for his bold use angular forms and intersecting planes, Libeskind’s work encompasses architecture, abstract art, installations, and design. He has worked with Swarovski before, creating a unique chess set that comprised of miniature forms of his building designs.
“I love working with Swarovski,” said Libeskind, “To design something that is really unprecedented. To use the kind of miraculous object that S uses with these kind of crystals. And to able to create some that is public, that is iconic, that will be seen by millions of people….I think its a phenomenal chance.”
Swarovski Star
[Image: Swarovski]
The Swarovski Star will stand atop a tree erected Midtown Manhattan’s plaza. The official tree-lighting ceremony will take place on 28 November 2018. A replica of the design will sit at ground level, besides a Swarovski pop-up store at Rockefeller Plaza. Libeskind also designed the 18.5 square-metre temporary store, which will have a crystal-like faceted exterior. It will sell Swarovski jewellery, ornaments, gifts and a new homeware range designed by Libeskind.

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