Spectacular shot of the Times Square sphere, ready to announce the arrival of the New Year on Thursday.
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NY.– The crystal sphere that with its ascent marks the beginning of the New Year in Times square, was set up this Sunday, when a squad of specialized workers installed 192 new triangles, with a view to making it ready and shiny for the limited celebration on Thursday, on New Year’s Eve, due to restrictions due to the pandemic of COVID-19.
It was revealed that “Gift of Happiness” is the collection of themes for the 2021 Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration. According to promoters, this marks the eighth year in the Waterford Crystal Times Square series of designs and themes; the series will continue until 2023.
The traditional New Year’s welcome ceremony, one of the tourist attractions of New York, gathers thousands of people in normal conditions in the heart of Manhattan, but this, due to the pandemic, will have only limited access and a program for the most part virtual.
There will be less than 100 people to announce the arrival of 2021. This time the guests are doctors, nurses, teachers, supermarket employees and in general the so-called essential workers who have fought against the pandemic, who will be able to enjoy the celebration in corrals where Social distancing will be controlled, while from all over the world, the event can be watched from home.
The event will be animated by Gloria Gaynor, Jennifer Lopez, Billy Porter and Jimmy Allen, among the main invited artists.
The geodesic sphere, 12 feet in diameter and weighs 11,875 pounds. The ball is covered with a total of 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles that range in size and vary in length from 4 3/4 inches to 5 3/4 inches per side.
For the 2021 edition, the dial will sport 192 triangles of Waterford Crystal, represented by a sunburst of bright cuts that radiate out the hues of a beautiful sunny day that bring warm smiles and happiness, said the promoting firm.
“While New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world will be different this year, we hope that Waterford’s ‘Gift of Happiness’ collection will inspire everyone to share happiness and generosity in 2021. We are delighted that the iconic Times Square sphere will endure as a tradition and a sign of hope and happiness in difficult times ”, said Tom Brennan, master craftsman and spokesperson for Waterford Crystal.
The sphere that is illuminated with more than 32,000 LED lights, as it happens in each edition, descends at 11:59 pm. on New Year’s Eve to announce exactly at midnight in 2021.