The History and Fun Behind the NYC Ball Drop
Did you know that each year a portion of the 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles that comprise the New Year’s Eve ball in New York City are replaced to represent an annual theme? Last year’s theme reflected “The Gift of Kindness” featuring intertwining rosettes to symbolize unity and reaching out in an expression of kindness. For Times Square 2018, 288 of the Waterford triangles introduce the new Gift of Serenity design which is a pattern of cuts resembling butterflies flying peacefully above a meadow, capturing the spirit of serenity. Ahhhhh.
But how is it constructed? Read more about actually building the ball here.
New Year’s Eve has been celebrated in Times Square as early as 1904, but it was in 1907 that the NYE Ball made its initial decent from a flagpole on top One Times Square. Seven different versions of the Ball have been designed to signal the New Year since then!
Fun Facts from the Official Times Square Site
- The Ball is a 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 vary in size, and range in length from 4 ¾ inches to 5 ¾ inches per side.
- The 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles are bolted to 672 LED modules which are attached to the aluminum frame of the Ball.
- The Ball is illuminated by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs (light emitting diodes). Each LED module contains 48 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs – 12 red, 12 blue, 12 green, and 12 white for a total of 8,064 of each color.
- The Ball is capable of displaying a palette of more than 16 million vibrant colors and billions of patterns that creates a spectacular kaleidoscope effect atop One Times Square.
- This year, each giant New Year’s Numeral “2-0-1-8” will stand 7 feet high!
2017 has been a blast, and we can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for Remke! Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Holiday!