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Gerry Hofstetter Lights Up Switzerland’s Matterhorn with Inspirational Messages Amid Coronavirus

Tuesday, April 14, 2020


Swedish light artist, Gerry Hofstetter used the iconic Swiss Matterhorn summit to project illuminated messages of hope and support during the coronavirus pandemic. The light exhibition was planned in partnership with the board of tourism in the town of Zermatt (Switzerland) where the Matterhorn stands.


Matterhorn mountain in Zermatt, Switzerland, is illuminated by Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter March 26, 2020. Light messages to provide hope, support and solidarity during coronavirus pandemic via Instagram

Some of the first images beamed onto the mountain's peaks were, #stayhome, #hope, a heart symbol, and various country flags - France, Switzerland, Italy and more. Matterhorn's summit peak reaches 4,478 metres (14,692 ft) high and borders both Switzerland and Italy. The majestic mountain remains the most recognized landmark on the European continent.





The @Zermatt - Matterhorn Instagram account announced via story that it will be adding the flags of Japan and Germany to the light show.



For Easter Hofstetter projected a modern graphic of a family on the Matterhorn.




The first projected revolving images on the mountain's peak began on March 26, 2020 and continue each night, beginning at sunset.


Photos via Instagram for The Big Magazine