Fashion and fantasy share the stage at Crystals in CityCenter, Las Vegas’ mega complex. But it’s the architectural grandeur that steals the show. The icing on the cake comes in the form of a dramatic display in which 800 brilliant twisters resembling modernistic candy canes twirl kinetically from the ceiling during the winter season. The 8- by 2-foot structures are strung together to reach heights up to 60 feet.
Created by renowned designer Stephen Stefanou of Dallas-based Design Solutions, each kinetic twist is hand-formed of Eastman Spectar™ copolyester and finished in metallic red film reversing to holographic silver as it spins in place.
Meeting all the design, marketing, and cost parameters was only half the challenge. “The real job is to satisfy the architects; if this is accomplished, then the client is happy,” says Stefanou. “I wanted to create a singular experience where we can feel like a child again for a moment,” he says.
Acrylics and polycarbonate materials were considered for the kinetic twists, but Stefanou drew from past experience using Eastman Spectar in other high-profile projects. “I was more comfortable with Spectar because of temperature and memory-forming capabilities,” says Stefanou.
Material strength, weight, and durability were also important attributes. With longevity in mind, the displays can easily be disassembled, moved, and stored so they can be used for 10–20 years or longer.