New Delhi [India]February 4 (ANI/PNN): Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter illuminates the North Face of the Eiger in Grindelwald and reiterates Switzerland’s commitment to cultural and environmental diversity on the eve of the Winter Olympics .
February 3, 2022 marks the beginning of the Year of the Tiger in Asia. The Tiger is also the pride of many nations and in extreme danger of extinction. While many might celebrate the Chinese New Year, let’s also pay homage to the Tiger which is a milestone in maintaining the ecological balance of this planet.
Switzerland congratulates those who would celebrate the New Year and also reminds us to save the tiger, to save our environment with the projection of a 5.3 km long and more than 2 km high tiger on the north face of the ‘Eiger projected by Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter. This stems from the deep respect of the artist and the Swiss people in general for the various cultures as well as for our environment.
Gerry Hofstetter has thus created the largest work of art in the world, more than 1,060 football pitches.
The idea came to him when he recognized in the shape of the Eiger a lying Tiger and added the pun Tiger/Eiger. With it, he wants to symbolize the Swiss mountains and the international solidarity of Switzerland. He particularly chose the start of the Winter Olympics as the appointment with the Tigris on the Eiger because he believed that this should also be a motivation for all Swiss athletes, and of course all other participating athletes, to fight like a tiger for victory. The Winter Olympics will begin on February 4, attracting worldwide attention, perhaps also the best time to create global environmental awareness.
Gerry Hofstetter and his team needed over a year to get the projection right. The weather, wind, clouds, moon size, moon position, snow, cold and star constellation had to fit perfectly into a 15 minute time frame. Well-known photographer on Gerry’s team, Frank Schwarzbach, was able to photographically capture the tiger at just the right time.
The action was supported locally by Grindelwald Tourism, the municipality of Grindelwald and by art patrons in Switzerland and abroad.
The tiger lives in 13 Asian countries. It is threatened with extinction and therefore protected.
Gerry Hofstetter is an internationally active light artist and film producer. With his projections, he manages to convey nature, messages and themes in a spectacular, sensitive, silent and sometimes with a wink. With his illuminations, he is also committed to the climate and to a prosperous future for humans, animals and nature on our planet.
His known projects are iceberg illuminations in the Arctic, Antarctica and the Matterhorn in Zermatt in March 2020 during the global COVID-19 lockdown as a solidarity project for the whole world.
Photos Tiger on the Eiger allowed in the attachment for editorial use only.
Title photo: Tiger on the Eiger
Location: Eiger North Face, Grindelwald, Switzerland
Giant light art Projections of a tiger on the Eiger mountain 3,967 msl (13,000 ft)
For the Year of the Tiger, from February 1, 2022
A gift from Switzerland to the Asian world and to save the Tigers.
Screening date: January 2022
Projection distance 7.7 km (25,300 ft)
Size of the Tiger: 5.3 km (17,400 feet) wide and 2.2 km (7,200 feet) high, the largest work of art ever made in the world.
Directed by: Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter
Supported by: Grindelwald Tourism, the local Grindelwald community and art-loving mazens from Switzerland and beyond.
Photo by: Swiss photographer Frank Schwarzbach
Copyright: Gerry Hofstetter, www.hofstetter-marketing.com
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