To New York With Love

The 85th Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting 2017

To New York and Berlin with Love: Trust that love is the greatest thing in the world; that love will overcome hate, that right can triumph over might; no matter what one’s birth and background; no matter what one’s faith or religious belief. Merry Christmas to everybody.

Michael Hammers
Rockefeller Plaza, Tree Lighting, 29.11.2017

To New York and Berlin with Love


For Michael Hammers this year's Tree Lighting at the Rockefeller Center was "under his star" in a very special way. In these pre-Christmas days he is associated in a very emotional way with two metropoles, both of which have been affected by similar terrorist attacks within the past year: Berlin and New York City.

"When I told my friends in New York from the memorial place on the Breitscheidplatz and the wound, the crack, which I'm creating right now in the ground, all of them were very touched".

Idea and concept for the design of the memorial place on the Breitscheidplatz in Berlin come from the Berlin office Merz Merz plus and into being through the technical and artistic collaboration with Michael Hammers.

After the November 1 attack New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said "This is a very painful day for our city. Our soul can never be moved by an act of violence, by an act of terrorism that should intimidate us. We have been put to the test once before, very close to today's tragedy. We will answer as we always do. We remain unrestrained. ".

For the first anniversary, the memorial site on Berlin's Breitscheidplatz will be inaugurated on  December 19.

Last night, the New Yorkers opened their "Season" by turning on the world's most famous Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Michael Hammers' "Swarovski Star" crowns him for the 14th time continuing to rest over Rockefeller Plaza as the symbol of the ingress of eternity into time: Christmas. Vulnerable as the child in the manger are and remain we all.


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84th Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

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Let´s Merry.

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That's what Christmas is about

Tree Lighting in New York City 2015
"That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown!"

The Swarovski Star 2004-2008

at Rockefeller Center
New York City