The 2012 New York City’s Time Square ball drop is just days away and the 11,875 pound Waterford Crystal New Year’s Eve ball is once again the focal point of the biggest night of the year in NYC.
The beautiful new “Let There Be Friendship” pattern features the addition of 288 Waterford crystals with a new engraving of people holding hands around the world. The newest design join 288 crystal hearts from the 2011 “Let There Be Love”pattern; 288 triangles with the 2009 “Let There Be Courage” ribbon medal design. There are also 864 crystals that feature the “Let There Be Joy” design and 960 with the original “Let There Be Light” sunburst design. (continue reading below)
The 2012 Times Square Ball is 12 feet in diameter, weighs 11,875 pounds and is covered with a total of 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles that vary in size. The ball produces a spectacular kaleidoscope effect atop One Times Square in NYC.
Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Facts
The New Year’s Eve ball hasn’t always been covered in Waterford Crystals. The very first New Year’s Eve Ball first descended from a flagpole in 1907 and was made with iron and wood. It was covered with 100 25-watt bulbs that weighed 700 pounds and measured 5 feet in diameter. The first ball dropped 1 second after midnight instead of right at midnight like we are accustomed to today.
Waterford Crystals Added in 2000: With the new millennium celebrations in the year 2000, the New Year’s Eve ball got a makeover. The first “Waterford” decorated ball had 504 crystal triangles, illuminated externally with 168 halogen light bulbs and internally with 432 light bulbs of clear, red, blue, green and yellow colors.
New Yearly Themes: Each year since the introduction of the year 2000 Waterford ball, there is a theme in the Waterford crystal design and a certain number of crystals are replaced to reflect the new design. In 2008 the design was based on a fireworks design with, “Let There Be Light.” In 2009 the design featured angel’s wings with “Let There Be Joy”; in 2010 the “Let There Be Courage” design was added and in 2011 there were 288 “Let There Be Love” crystals added.
The lowering of the 2012 Times Square ‘Let There Be Friendship’ Ball on New Year’s Eve marks the 104th anniversary of the first ball drop in New York City.
Watch the 2012 ball drop on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest on ABC starting at 10pm on December 31, 2011. Watch locally here in Rhode Island on ABC 6.