Times Square’s crystal ball gets gleaming new skin
NEW YORK (AP) — Electricians working atop a New York City skyscraper on Friday installed the last of the 2,688 crystal triangles that give the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball its shimmer, including a panel dreamt up by a 12-year-old former cancer patient.
Each year, the intricate Waterford crystals that make up the skin of the huge orb are replaced with new pieces of glass.
This year’s design features a kaleidoscopic pattern that will refract light in a splash of 16 million colors as the ball drops down a flagpole at the stroke of midnight. The ball is lit from within by 32,256 powerful diodes.
It takes Waterford craftsmen about a year to make the crystals used in the ball, Curtis said.
Bolting them onto the ball’s metal frame takes two weeks.