The design reimagines the traditional carousel with a contemporary monochrome design, while preserving the magic of child-like wonder and nostalgia that comes from a ride on a merry-go-round. The Spanish designer took inspiration from folklore and fairy tales to create fantasy characters for the seats. As visitors ride around in a dream-like state, they can admire the whimsical faces decorating the surrounding fence and roof which express the emotions that riding a carousel brings.
Jaime Hayon commented: “The Carousel is a trip into a magical environment and gives riders the possibility to live within that dream for the length of the ride. It brings the classic carousel into the 21st century, with a cool and contemporary feel. The typical fence that surrounds the carousel has been reimagined, with unique and playful characters repeated throughout. The environment creates an enchanting and artistic experience for the visitor.”
Carla Rumler, Cultural Director Swarovski and Curator of Swarovski Kristallwelten, commented: “The carousel is a symbol of innocence and lightness of spirit. In this exciting new interpretation, Jaime Hayon combines superb elegance with his unique character figures from a fantasy world. On every ride our guests can immerse themselves in this mystery world and discover enchanting crystalline details.”
This is Swarovski’s second collaboration with Hayon, who previously created Sparkle Shady and Limited-Edition Multi-Leg Cabinet for Swarovski’s 2007 Swarovski Crystal
Carousel can be discovered in the south-west corner of the Garden at Swarovski Kristallwelten (Crystal Worlds), joining other wonders for the family including André Heller’s Labyrinth, a four-story high playtower and an outdoor playground.