House of Waterford in Times Square
On New Years Eve, close to one million revelers gathered in New York’s Times Square to ring in 2013.
The celebration, which was hosted by Allison Hagendorf and featured performances by Taylor Swift, “Gangnam Style” singer Psy, and Train, kicked off at 6:00 p.m., when the House of Waterford Crystal ball rose to the top of the One Times Square building.
The crystal ball, which descends along with the count down at midnight, is the night’s main attraction. A geodesic sphere twelve feet in diameter and weighing 11,875 pounds, it is covered with 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles and lit by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs. Combined, they can produce a palette of more than 16 million vibrant colors and billions of patterns.
One minute before midnight, revelers in Times Square and at home watched and counted along as the ball made its descent to usher in the New Year. That’s 2,688 pieces of Irish craftsmanship at the center of one of the world’s largest New Years celebrations.