More than 55,000 crystals flown from Austria to decorate staging.
More than 55,000 Swarovski crystals were used to decorate the set of the Oscars at the weekend, covering the circular acceptance stage, and creating a shining path accenting the steps leading up to the stage.
The crystals had been specially flown in from the company’s headquarters in Austria, in 11 different shapes and various sizes. Last weekend’s Oscars ceremony – the 83rd Academy Awards – was the fourth time that Swarovski crystals were used to decorate the stage at the Kodak Theatre "[giving] the room the Swarovski aura of poetic beauty, glamour and sparkle."
The awards’ production designer Steve Bass said: "There is such an intimate and intricate beauty to Swarovski crystals that they became a fundamental part of the creative vision for this year’s Oscar set. We chose to use Swarovski crystals because the Oscars are the most glamorous event in the world and nothing says glamour quite like Swarovski. It’s the perfect pairing."
Speaking of the collaboration, vice president of internation communications and and creative director Nadja Swarovski said: "Once again Swarovski is thrilled to be a sparkling element at the Academy Awards, continuing our support of the Academy, Hollywood and creativity on Hollywood’s biggest night."
"This year, we were honored to collaborate with Steve Bass on the incredible set design", she added.
Following the awards, the pretigious Governors Ball sparkled with 250 strands of Swarovski crystal strung from the ceiling, with each strand containing more than 10,000 individual crystals of eight different shapes and sizes and weighing over 350 lbs.