Wattens, Austria, July 5, 2019 – Swarovski has collaborated with award-winning artist-designer Jaime Hayon to create Carousel, a magnificent interactive installation adorned with 15 million Swarovski crystals.
Spanish designer Jaime Hayon has designed a striking black-and-white carousel to juxtapose with the lush greenery of the Garden within Kristallwelten. The contemporary design reimagines the traditional carousel while retaining its nostalgic appeal.
The monochrome design shimmers with 15 million Swarovski crystals across 12 ceiling panels and 16 wall panels and is illuminated with warm lighting to create a dreamlike atmosphere. Hayon was inspired by folklore and fairy tales to create the fantasy characters for the seats. Whimsical faces decorate the roof and the surrounding fence, expressing the joy, surprise and delight that riding a carousel brings.
Standing 6.5 meters high and spanning 12.5 meters, the carousel can accommodate 28 passengers of all ages and includes spaces designated for wheelchairs. The installation took six months to create.