Swarovski is set to cover the Oscar 2020 stage in a spectacular display.
first look at the Swarovski-covered stage created by Jason Sherwood for the 92nd Academy Awards.
There’s always a reasonable expectation of spectacle at the annual Academy Awards presentation, from the fashion on the red carpet to the stage where the proceedings unfold. For the Oscars this year, the task of conjuring a suitably glamorous backdrop for the show of shows fell to Emmy Award – winning designer and creative director Jason Sherwood. “My first conversation with our producer Lynette Howell Taylor was about creating a show that would celebrate the impact of storytelling,” Sherwood tells “I knew from that first call that the design had to be something sculptural and enveloping.”
Sherwood describes his concept for the set design as “a sculptural cyclone, where Hollywood glamour and film-making artistry can combine visually.” He adds, “The movies of the year come from all over the world, and cross time and space in their themes, stories, and global reach. I wanted to create a design that would feel as complex, encompassing, and dimensional as the cultural impact of the films themselves.” Indeed, the nominated titles include a wide range of movies, from Parasite, the Korean thriller which could become the first foreign language film to nab the best picture prize, to the World War I period piece 1917.
The renowned Austrian crystal manufacturer, has once again partnered with the Oscars to bring an element of glittery magic to the stage. This year, the company supplied more than 40,000 crystals to realize Sherwood’s vision. “The cyclone gesture—which features a series of swirling, spiraling, concentric elements that are sometimes solid, sometimes scrimlike, and sometimes embedded with video—is all about creation,” the designer explains. “A Swarovski crystal, as a fine and exquisite item, helps bolster the sense of creation that I was seeking visually. Crystals accumulating in density begin to form a solid object, and then they meet a solid surface, and that object moves toward us, and all of a sudden, an object appears to be conjured out of thin air,” he says.
For Sherwood, who calls himself a lifelong movie fanatic, the opportunity to add his voice to the history of the Academy Awards has been a dream come true. “I wanted to honor the legacy of the show, while also taking it into an entirely new visual world,” he says. Based on the renderings of his sparkling cyclone of a set, his contribution will be dazzling indeed.
Information and Image have been shared from an Article by Mayer Rus, published at AD Architectural Digest, on February 8th, 2020. Image Credit: Courtesy of Jason Sherwood Design, 2020.