I bet the star of Bethlehem also known as the Christmas Star never shone as bright. Architect Daniel Libeskind has come up with a fantastic star design. It graced the world famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.
The star has 3 million swarovski crystals, weighing a whopping 90 pounds or 41 kilos.
The Design of the Swarovski Star
While it sounds simple, the actual design of the star was very complex. The idea was to create a core that would be just like the core of a real star and thus have a radiating light from within. The light element is a circular one in the middle of the star with the crystals fused onto the 70 spikes of the star. The main light source is held within a metallic circular volume in the middle of the star. The spikes screwed onto this base to line up with individual bulbs.
“It’s a sculpture, a three-dimensional panoramic star that is exploding into dynamic light,”Architect Daniel Libeskind
Missed it? Worry not!
For those who missed it in the past Christmas, worry not. The previous star was in place from 2004 so we can assume this new one will be there for the next few years for sure. The Rockefeller Christmas tree is something that generations of Americans come from far and wide to see being a feature from 1931.
CBS covered it extremely well
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was lit Wednesday night in New York City and will be glowing until January 7th. This year’s tree is a 72-foot tall Norway Spruce with a new Swarovski star on top https://t.co/bF9cl2pNaR pic.twitter.com/HZsbnQlzeZ— CBS Sunday Morning 🌞 (@CBSSunday) November 29, 2018
The new star is a result of the continuing partnership. One between Austrian crystal brand Swarovski and Rockefeller Center co-owner, developer Tishman Speyer.
The star emitted 106,400 lumens of white light when the decorated tree ( a 72-foot-tall, 12-ton Norway spruce) lights up.
Whats else is up at the Rockefeller Center?
Visitors to the Rockefeller center will also be able to visit the Star Boutique on Rockefeller Plaza. Interesting fact, this boutique is also designed by Daniel Libeskind. The 200-square foot shop is crystalline and star-like in form. The faceted construction created from glass panels and video screens. Visitors can buy jewelry, ornaments and gifts from Swarovski and Atelier Swarovski. Including a new range designed by Daniel Libeskind for Atelier Swarovski Home.