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American and British flags are projected onto Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps for solidarity with the corona virus

American and British flags are projected onto the Swiss Matterhorn to send a hopeful message during the corona virus pandemic – along with the slogan ‘Dream Now, Travel later’

  • Renowned light artist Gerry Hofsetter, 58, is behind the incredible light curtain
  • The American flag illuminated the 14,690 meter high mountain on Thursday evening
  • Tourist site Zermatt Matterhorn said the display offered “hope and strength.”
  • Read more about how you can help people affected by COVID

The American flag has been projected onto the Matterhorn Mountain in the Swiss Alps as part of a breathtaking array of light illuminations that spread ‘hope and strength’ amid the corona virus pandemic.

Famed Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter, 58, has been lighting the 14,690 ft mountain since March 24 with spectacular displays of country flags and hopeful messages.

And the American stars and stripes were decorated Thursday night on the jagged mountain, which stands alone on the horizon amid the border between Switzerland and Italy.

A statement from Zermatt's tourism website said: 'May our message convey solidarity and give you hope and strength. We look forward to meeting again at the foot of the Matterhorn, we are all together 'as the flag shone on April 16

A statement from Zermatt’s tourism website said: ‘May our message convey solidarity and give you hope and strength. We look forward to meeting again at the foot of the Matterhorn, we are all together ‘as the flag shone on April 16

In an effort to keep members of the public from flocking to the mountain under federal home measures, live streaming webcams from around the Matterhorn illuminate for people to enjoy at home

In an effort to keep members of the public from flocking to the mountain under federal door-to-door measures, live-streaming webcams from around the Matterhorn illuminate for people to enjoy at home

In an effort to keep members of the public from flocking to the mountain under federal door-to-door measures, live-streaming webcams from around the Matterhorn illuminate for people to enjoy at home

A statement from the tourist site Zermatt Matterhorn said, “As it stands, the US is the country most affected by the COVID-19 crisis with the highest number of confirmed cases.

“Our thoughts are with all American people at this unprecedented time.

“May our message convey solidarity and give you hope and strength. We look forward to meeting again at the foot of the Matterhorn, we are all in it together. ‘

The Embassy of Switzerland in the United States tweeted an image of the American flag projection alongside the caption, “INCREDIBLE! As a sign of solidarity, the American flag was projected onto the Matterhorn last night.

“Switzerland is sending hope and strength to the United States of America.”

The British flag was also projected onto the mountain on April 10. A statement said at the time that Zermatt was ‘deeply linked’ to the UK, with British mountaineers first bringing tourism to the area.

British mountaineers first brought tourism to Zermatt, with a tourist website describing how the area is 'deeply connected' to the UK through its history

British mountaineers first brought tourism to Zermatt, with a tourist website describing how the area is 'deeply connected' to the UK through its history

British mountaineers first brought tourism to Zermatt, with a tourist website describing how the area is ‘deeply connected’ to the UK through its history

On April 9, the Matterhorn was decorated with the French flag, designed to “offer hope in these unprecedented times.”

The Japanese flag lit up the mountain on April 15, and the tourist website said, “We greet our Japanese friends, partners and guests and send them a sign of hope and strength to overcome this unusual and difficult time.”

The German flag was projected on April 14. A statement said: “With the German flag flying on the Matterhorn, the Swiss symbolic mountain, we are sending a sign of solidarity across the currently closed borders and looking forward to the time when reciprocal visits may take place again”

The many lights of Zermatt glow on April 5 under a projection of the Portuguese flag

The many lights of Zermatt glow on April 5 under a projection of the Portuguese flag

The many lights of Zermatt glow on April 5 under a projection of the Portuguese flag

The projector illuminates the mountain with the Swiss flag above

The projector illuminates the mountain with the Swiss flag above

The projector illuminates the mountain with the Swiss flag above

The Spanish flag shone when the country was wishing 'a lot of perseverance and good health' in light of the country's canceled Easter processions

The Spanish flag shone when the country was wishing 'a lot of perseverance and good health' in light of the country's canceled Easter processions

The Spanish flag shone when the country was wishing ‘a lot of perseverance and good health’ in light of the country’s canceled Easter processions

The first image illuminating the mountain on March 24 simply read ‘#Hope’ in striking white letters against a red background.

Hofstetter has also projected the flags of Japan, Germany, Spain, France and Italy – as well as text messages such as ‘#StayAtHome’ and #AllOfUs – onto the Matterhorn.

Other slogans projected on the mountain include the phrase ‘Dream now – travel later’ because, as the website says travel is forbidden, ‘dreams are not forbidden’.

In an effort to keep members of the public from flocking to the mountain under federal home measures, live-streaming webcams from around the Matterhorn provide the lighting for people to enjoy at home.

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