Libeskind designs Swarovski star for the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York will shine a little brighter this year: Austrian crystal producer Swarovski commissioned noted architect Daniel Libeskind, founder and principal of the New York based Studio Libeskind, to design a new star that will shine from the top of the iconic Norway spruce.

The 400kg ornament was lifted to the top of the 22m high tree earlier for the official tree lighting ceremony on 28 November.

“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,” said Libeskind. “The star is a symbol that represents our greatest ambitions for hope, unity and peace.”

The new Swarovski Star is the first redesign of the famed crystal tree-topper since the inaugural Swarovski Star was unveiled in 2004, when the company first partnered with Rockefeller Center to present the Star. Measuring nearly 3m in diameter, it features three million Swarovski crystals arranged across 70 irregular spikes, harnessing the company’s innovative crystal technology and mastery of the refraction of light in a dazzling three-dimensional structure. The dramatic architectural lines push through space, bursting with dynamism in a radiant reflection of Libeskind’s design vision. The star is fitted with LEDs that will emit 106,400 lumens of white light.

Now in its 86th season, the Rockefeller Center tree will remain on display until 7 January.

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