Accession Number: C.2012.65.1
Dimensions: 4 ⅞ in X 5 ⅝ in X 3/8 in
Dimensions (Metric): 10.16 cm X 12.7 cm X 7.62 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year's Eve Ball
"Hope for Healing" engraved Waterford crystals for the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball Drop, December 31, 2001. Each triangular crystal is engraved with a foliage or leaf pattern design with three rectangular incised decorative elements among the petal designs. Each crystal has a unique engraving with one of the names of all the countries and regions that suffered losses in the victim statistics of September 11, from Alabama to Zimbabwe. Another group of crystals was engraved with the names of uniformed rescue units whose members had died. Finally, certain crystals were inscribed with the airline and flight numbers of the four hijacked flights as well as the geographic crash sites of the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.
At 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2001, atop 1 Times Square, outgoing New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani ushered in the New Year by pressing a button that released an illuminated crystal ball memorializing the victims of 9/11 and honoring first responders. Six feet in diameter and weighing 1,070 pounds, the Times Square Ball was composed of 504 Waterford crystal triangles. Inscriptions on the crystals acknowledged losses from the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and aboard all four hijacked flights, as well as from the first responder agencies. The home countries of the victims were also included. The engraved tallies of those presumed dead were estimates, reflecting incomplete knowledge at that moment in time.