It's no secret that the Academy Awards is a star-studded event. This year is no exception—although the best and brightest of film stars will share the stage with a staggering 41,000 Swarovski crystals in a breathtaking set from renowned creative director and set designer David Korins.
Korins' creative genius most recently brought Hamilton to life on Broadway, and his celebrated work has earned him an Emmy among numerous other awards. Though Swarovski has graced the Oscars stage many times before, Korins has brought a fresh perspective to this year's design—evoking the glamour of old Hollywood.
The dynamic installation features a 1,600-pound crystal cloud adorned with over 1,000 crystals glittering above the stage. Another key feature of the design is the crystal swag, a stunning three story-high ribbon-like formation that flows rhythmically and is adorned with over 400 strands of crystals. Meanwhile, crystal presenter backings will illuminate presenters at the awards show with over 1,800 crystals.
Korins' vision, according to a statement given to Swarovski, "...was to create abstract and organic shapes that make the audience and stage feel as one, representing a feeling of inclusivity."
Tune in to the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday, February 24 at 8pm EST to see the finalized show-stopper of a set.
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