New York’s New Year’s ball gets a makeover
“We’re here today to replace 192 of the Waterford Crystal Triangles on that ball behind me with a new design, ‘The Gift of Wisdom’,” Jeffrey Strauss, president of Countdown Entertainment, said Monday. “It’s represented by a wheel with these petals of knowledge always pushing forward.”
Each year, the geodesic sphere, which measures 12 feet in diameter and weighs 11,875 pounds, receives 192 new crystal facets that represent themes for the new year such as happiness, goodwill, harmony, serenity, kindness and wonder. The ball is studded with 2,688 intricate crystal panels varying in length from 4-3 / 4 inches to 5-3 / 4 inches.
For the second year in a row, New Years Eve in Times Square will be a scaled-down event, with organizers encouraging spectators to attend the virtual show. In-person attendance, typically around 60,000 before the pandemic, will be capped at 15,000 due to the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
A close up of a crystal triangle about to be placed on the New Year’s Eve ball.
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But the global audience is expected to remain massive.
“We’re going to have over a billion revelers around the world who will join us on TV and on the Internet to celebrate,” Strauss said. “It’s the only time we all come together, even if it’s only for 60 seconds as we count down to 2022.”
Stars slated to perform at this year’s celebration include KT Tunstall, LL Cool J, Journey and Chloe.
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