BALL DROPPING, JAW DROPPING FACTS FOR 2013 NYC TIMES SQUARE

“For Times Square 2013, 288 of the Waterford Crystal triangles introduce the new Let There Be Peace design of a dove with wings spread symbolizing a message of peace; 288 triangles feature the Let There Be Friendship engraving of people holding hands around the world; 288 triangles are emblazoned with the romantic Let There Be Love pattern of a cascade of hearts; 288 triangles showcase the Let There Be Courage ribbon medal design; 576 triangles sparkle with the Let There Be Joy design of an angel with arms uplifted welcoming the New Year; and the remaining 960 crystal triangles are the Let There Be Light design of a stylized radiating sunburst.”TIMESQUAREBALL Dick Clark who passed away earlier this year will have his own tribute Waterford crystal panel with his name etched on it.  Seven versions of the Ball have been designed to signal the New Year. “The first Ball was made of iron and wood, weighed 700 pounds, and was covered with 100 light bulbs. In 1920, a 400 pound iron Ball replaced the iron and wood Ball. In 1955, a 150 pound aluminum Ball with 180 light bulbs replaced the iron Ball. In 1995, the aluminum Ball was upgraded with aluminum skin, rhinestones, and computer controls. In 1999, the crystal New Year’s Eve Ball was created to welcome the new millennium. In 2007, modern LED technology replaced the light bulbs of the past for the 100th Anniversary of the New Year’s Eve Ball. In 2008, the permanent Big Ball was unveiled atop One Times Square where it sparkles above Times Square throughout the year.”(http://www.timessquarenyc.org/events/new-years-eve/about-the-new-years-eve-ball/index.aspx)

 

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