Daniel Libeskind creates giant Swarovski-studded star for the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Christmas Trees with awe-inspiring designs have become commonplace, especially at the Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. However, beating all previous holiday centerpieces by a large margin is this year’s Swarovski studded star that sits atop a giant Christmas tree at the complex. Created by noted designer Daniel Libeskind, the crystal-emblazoned wonder is jaw-droppingly gorgeous and a beauty worth witnessing!

Weighing about 900 pounds, the novel star is nine feet, four inches in diameter and comes with 3 million double-cone crystals placed on 70 spikes that emerge from its center. Each protruding edge is created using six-millimeter ESG glass with crystals affixed to the inside face and features LED lighting components developed in-house by Swarovski. The center of the creation is manufactured using 70 custom-machined aluminum components, plus 140 LED lighting spots. The star took two years to complete and was painstakingly assembled at the very site on Rockefeller center.

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Commenting on his creation, Libeskind said, “It’s a sculpture, a three-dimensional panoramic star that is exploding into dynamic light,” He further added, “The technology, the form, the complexity, the crystals in the millions—it was really a challenge and a beautiful adventure.” While already assembled on-site, the star can be witnessed in its full glory as it emits 106,400 lumens of white light when the decorated tree ( a 72-foot-tall, 12-ton Norway spruce) is officially displayed on Nov. 28.

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