Skuldelev Viking Longboat
The unique crystal longboat, a replica of Skuldelev Viking Longboat took over 300 hours to complete. It was custom built at the House of Waterford Crystal’s factory by Master Sculptor Michael Murphy to coincide with The Tall Ships event in Waterford city, which took place over the weekend of the 30th June to 3rd July. The Waterford Crystal Viking Longboat retails at €45,000 and it measures 42” in height and 30” in length.
The Times Square Ball
Each year, millions of eyes from all over the world are focused on the sparkling Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year's Eve Ball. At 11:59 p.m., the Ball begins its descent as millions of voices unite to count down the final seconds of the year, and celebrate the beginning of a new year full of hopes, challenges, changes and dreams.
The Times Square New Year's Eve Ball, designed and created by Waterford Crystal, made its first descent during the last minute of the 20th century, at the Times Square 2000 Celebration.
The Ball is a geodesic sphere, six feet in diameter, and weighs approximately 1,070 pounds. It is covered with a total of 672 Waterford Crystal triangles. Due to the new design and technical innovations, this represents an increase of 168 crystal triangles from the original Ball. And, for the first time, the crystal triangles will feature cutting on both sides. The double cutting maximizes the light refraction within the crystal triangles.
The 9/11 Waterford Crystal Sculpture
The 9/11 Waterford Crystal Sculpture was created at the Waterford Crystal factory as a memorial to the 343 New York City Fire Department members who lost their lives on 9/11. The main piece, depicts five men carrying FDNY Chaplain Father Mychal Judge from The World Trade Centre site on 9/11, the tall building shell represents all who died in the towers. The base of the piece is compromised of Irish bog oak.
The 9/11 Waterford Crystal sculpture, which took over 200 hours to create, with an estimated value of $75,000 was presented to the Fire Department of New York.
On March 14th 2007, New York Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta accepted on behalf of the FDNY the Waterford Crystal sculpture, which had been designed to honour Father Mychal Judge and 342 other FDNY members who made the Supreme Sacrifice on September 11, 2001. “The sculpture is a beautiful piece of art, and the sentiment behind it is greatly appreciated”, Fire Commissioner Scoppetta said.
The dedication ceremony was held at the quarters of Engine 1/Ladder 24 in Manhattan, where the sculpture will be housed. Father Judge considered the firehouse his own, and it was from there that he responded to the World Trade Centre on September 11.