Nearly 100 years old, Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare has entertained generations of citizens, maintaining a storied spot in the Ohio city's rich fabric.
But with its centennial approaching, the second-largest theater district in the United States decided it was time for an evolution. And Guinness World Records has now verified the cherry on top.
As part of what it calls a "dramatic neighborhood transformation," PlayhouseSquare unveiled its brand new outdoor chandelier May 2. The picturesque fixture was sponsored by GE Lighting and measures 6.10 m (20 ft) from top to bottom with a diameter of 5.18 m (17 ft). Constructed by DCL and Lumid, it is now officially the largest outdoor chandelier.
The chandelier clocks in at a weight of 2,721.55 kg (6,000 lb) and is held up by a stainless steel, three-armed support structure 44 ft above the intersection of Cleveland's E. 14th Street and Euclid Ave. The 4,200 crystals used to construct the chandelier were made of impact modified acrylic and a total of 68 LED lighting fixtures illuminate it.
The not-for-profit PlayhouseSquare has coined its transformation with the phrase "Dazzle the District." Its aim is to take the traditional aesthetic of the complex's indoor theaters and expand it into the surrounding neighborhood. Other elements of the transformation include an expanding of nearby Star Plaza, addition of stages and gathering areas, gateway construction, and renovated lighting and signage systems.
But the chandelier is the centerpiece of it all, and PlayhouseSquare knew that to leave a lasting impression, it needed the ultimate stamp of approval.
Having promoted the official Guinness World Records measurement ceremony for weeks, the measurement's unveiling drew an estimated crowd of 20,000 to the theater district.
"Now we begin," said PlayhouseSquare's senior vice president of theater operations, Gina Vernaci. "This defines Playhouse Square as a destination, which makes us unlike any performing arts center in the United States."
Has PlayhouseSquare's transformation inspired you or your group to attempt a record of your own? Make sure to contact the Guinness World Records events management team with your organization's details.