WOON-TECH PLAYS A SUPPORTING ROLE TO A STAR!
The 2018 Rockefeller Christmas Tree Swarovski Star anchored by our GLASS…Spectacular!
There are few American Christmas Traditions as iconic as the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center in New York City.
For eight decades, this mainstay of Manhattan’s holiday cheer has heralded in “the season to be jolly" - and today more than half a million people pass the tree every day. Perched atop this year’s 72 ft., 12 ton Norway Spruce is a brand new star to the scene. THE STAR, to be exact!
"The Swarovski Star” designed by renown Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind is the newest installation of the iconic mega-prop (the previous star was erected in 2004.)
WOON-TECH is humbled and honored to have our glass serve as the base of this work of art. Yes, that’s laminated glass spikes from our Whitinsville, MA Fabrication Facility, anchoring the millions of tiny Austrian Crystals!
The 900-pound ornament sports 70 spiky rays that glitter with 3 million crystals (to be exact) many of which were painstakingly tweezed into place by a team of 12 engineers, fabricators and artisans over the course of two years. Each spike is attached to its own light, and the electrical component forms the core of the star. When fully lit up each spike is meant to glow from within, with the light ultimately refracted by the topper’s crystal facade.
"The design of the actual star is complex," says Libeskind “…with a core that is just like a core of a star to support the radiating light of the star…"
He muses…"A star is an explosion, it’s not static, it’s an explosive moment from an inner core - “but how do you present that idea, that explosive energy, and represent the movement of light to the points we actually see?”
Hmmm…We at WOON-TECH know how…WITH GLASS OF COURSE!
Daniel Libeskind is renown for his inventive and poignant projects around the globe, including the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany, the extension to the Denver Art Museum in the United States, the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin, the Imperial War Museum North in Greater Manchester, England, the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the Felix Nussbaum Haus in Osnabrück, Germany and the Danish Jewish Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark - to name a few.
“It doesn’t matter where you come from, who you are or what your passport says,” Libeskind states…
"…(the star) is something that appeals to everyone. That’s why the star is celebrated in Christian culture, in Jewish culture, in Buddhist culture, in Shinto culture. It beckons to us beyond our petty problems to something greater"
Well said, Mr. Libeskind.
The WOON-TECH Family wishes you all a very Happy Holidays!