A Star Is Raised
13. November 2019
All photos by John Hill/World-Architects
On the morning of November 13 the Swarovski Star — designed by architect Daniel Libeskind and made with millions of Swarovski crystals — was raised into position atop the famed Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in New York City.
The tree, which arrived on the plaza on November 9, won't be lit until December 4, so the tree was shrouded in scaffolding as crews continue to cover the tree with lights. Temperatures during the ceremonial raising of the star were chilly, as Arctic air blanketed much of the United States on Wednesday, making it feel like the middle of winter in the middle of November. Libeskind, who first designed the Swarovski Star last year, spoke briefly before the star was raised into position, describing the 900-pound, nearly 10-foot-diameter star with 70 spikes covered in 3 million Swarovski crystals as "very New York" and "star-like." World-Architects attended the ceremony to get a closer look at the tree topper before it was lifted 77 feet above plaza level.