Covid-19: Tricolour beamed on Swiss Matterhorn to send message of hope | India News
The photographs of the mountain with the tricolour were shared by Gurleen Kaur, Indian Foreign Service Officer based in Geneva.
Switzerland expresses solidarity with India in its fight against #COVID19. Swiss mountain of #Matterhorn lit in tri… https://t.co/H4hCvfeYrv
— Gurleen Kaur (@gurleenmalik) 1587171259000
As the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, Switzerland has been sending out messages of hope, love and empathy to the world by illuminating Matterhorn.
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Every night from sunset, the 4,478-metre (14,692-foot) high national symbol is splashed with words and images to inspire solidarity as people face up to the alarming spread of the deadly pandemic.
The light projections, nearly 800 metres high, have been beamed for more than a few weeks from four kilometres away onto the north and east faces of the mountain, which straddles Switzerland’s southeastern border with Italy.
“We started with a Swiss flag because it speaks to the mountain and our nation,” said light artist Gerry Hofstetter, known for transforming buildings around the world with his displays.
The words “hope”, “solidarity” and “stay home” have since been projected onto the peak, along with a giant red heart on a white background — in the Swiss national colours.
Our life is not the same as before. But together, we can endure and defy the virus. #allofus #Zermatt #Matterhorn… https://t.co/Cn84rVsLic
— Zermatt – Matterhorn (@zermatt_tourism) 1586844222000
The flags of Switzerland, Italy and the Swiss region of Ticino were also beamed onto the mountain on Wednesday night. The southern Ticino canton, which borders stricken northern Italy, has been the hardest-hit in Switzerland.
Along with India, the flags of the US, Germany, Spain, the UK and Japan have also been projected on the mountain.
We greet our Japanese friends, partners and guests and send them a sign of hope and strength to overcome this unusu… https://t.co/akkszKYp5l
— Zermatt – Matterhorn (@zermatt_tourism) 1586932236000
Dominating the skyline, Hofstetter said the Matterhorn stands out like a lighthouse, which triggered the idea of beaming out messages.
“The Matterhorn was here before mankind was.
“You can go back in history, two, three or four thousand years; when they had the disease, it was art that brought people together for hope and looking for a brighter future once again. Only art can do this.”
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The Matterhorn overlooks the ski resort of Zermatt deep down in the valley below. The normally-bustling town is devoid of tourists, hotels and holiday homes largely empty. The starry night is eerily quiet.
(With inputs from agencies)