There would be no holiday season in NYC without the iconic Rockefeller Center, and with the arrival of its world-famous Christmas Tree this past weekend, there’s no denying that the holiday season is in full-swing.
And, as of yesterday, Monday, November 14, Rockefeller Center’s fifth iteration of their holiday installation has officially been installed for the season!
Brooklyn-based illustrator Lorraine Nam was selected as this year’s commissioned artist for the holiday installation, and now through Friday, January 13, over a dozen of Nam’s large-scale printed vinyl murals are taking over Rockefeller Center.
Created with collaged paper and paint, the murals depict children celebrating the season and their individuality through movement, inspired by Nam’s passion for storytelling through visual imagery and the theme Dance For Joy. A large color palette including pinks, reds, blues, and greens energizes the viewer, making for a dynamic visual experience that is bound to get one excited for the holidays.
“Through this project, I wanted to celebrate the people of New York, the people who live here, who work here and the people visiting who all make the holidays feel so alive and special. I wanted to capture that buzzy energy with illustrations of people who are so excited they can’t help but dance with joy! Visiting the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has been a yearly tradition ever since I moved to New York and to be able to bring this project to life here is an absolute dream,” said Lorraine Nam.
Nam’s work can be seen throughout Rockefeller Center, including inside 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 50 Rockefeller Plaza, and the street and concourse levels of 45 Rockefeller Plaza, as well as outside.
A free limited edition Rockefeller Center holiday map also features Nam’s illustrations alongside iconic landmarks such as the Christmas Tree and Radio City. Maps are available in the Top of the Rock gift shop, the skate hut at The Rink, and throughout the campus.
“For the past 90 years, Rockefeller Center has been a beacon of holiday cheer for the City of New York and for visitors from around the world. The unveiling of this year’s holiday map and installation, featuring Nam’s colorful and uplifting designs, and the arrival of our Christmas Tree, officially usher in the 2022 holiday season” stated EB Kelly, Head of Rockefeller Center and Managing Director at Tishman Speyer.