Image via Swarovski
Swarovski has tapped architect Daniel Libeskind to redesign a new star to top the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, the first time it will be replaced in 14 years. Libeskind, who is best known for designing the master site plan for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site, called the star “a symbol that represents our greatest ambitions for hope, unity and peace.” According to Architectural Digest, Libeskind’s geometric, angular designs made him an easy choice as the new topper’s designer.
The tree’s topper has been this star since 2004; photo via Shinya Suzuki on Flickr
“Daniel Libeskind is an iconic architect who, thanks to his inspiring work in this city, truly connects with the spirit of New York,” Nadja Swarovski, a member of the company’s executive board, told AD. “His star embodies the messages of the holiday season–unity and peace– and stands as a beacon of hope for the future.”
While the designs for the new star have not been released yet, the architect plans on creating a 3D structure inspired by the galaxy. “In major cities today, stars are hardly visible due to light pollution, but the stars continue to shine across the cosmos,” Libeskind told AD.
“We are part of the stars; their wonder will never elude us,” the architect continued. “This star will be unique in that it is designed as a sculptural object—it will have a different geometry from every angle. The light and crystals will radiate a dazzling glow that will reflect the energy and spirit of the city.”
The star’s new design will be unveiled in November at the Christmas tree lighting this November.
[Via Architectural Digest]
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