The last crystal panels were placed into the famous Times Square New Year’s Eve crystal ball on Wednesday (December 27). Workers carefully arranged the crystal triangles and lifted them into place on the huge Times Square crystal ball. Every year Waterford artisans design and craft a new series of crystal panels to cover the ball.
“This year we have a whole new pattern called the ‘Gift of Serenity’, which is a intricate cut resembling butterflies flying over a crystal meadow in the spirit of serenity. It’s really a beautiful way to end 2017 and begin 2018,” said Jeffrey Straus, the president of Countdown Entertainment which co-produces the New Year’s Eve festivities in Times Square.
“Serenity is something about having that art and that act of balance. It’s about looking deep inside ourselves, being the best version we can be to help your fellow man,” said Tom Brennan, master artisan and spokesperson for Waterford Crystal.
A total of 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles are bolted into the famous ball. Of those, 1,536 will feature the new custom-made “Gift of Serenity” design pattern.
The 12 foot (3.66 meters), 11,875 pound (5,386 kilograms) crystal ball lead the countdown to 2018 on New Year’s Eve.