Extending a warm message of hope amid COVID-19 pandemic, the popular winter travel destination of Matterhorn mountain in the Swiss Alps recently projected the Indian tricolour on its rocky, cragged slopes. The projection was created by Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter, who is known for his unique work displayed at multiple occasions across the globe.
The tourism organisation Zermatt Matterhorn wrote on its Facebook page while sharing the pictures, “As one of the most populous countries in the world, India is suffering from the Corona crisis. The challenges in such a large country are immense. The Indian flag on the Matterhorn is intended to express our solidarity and give hope and strength to all Indians.”
The gesture was applauded by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. The PM took it to micro-blogging site Twitter in order to appreciate the flag projection, and tweeted, “The world is fighting COVID-19 together. Humanity will surely overcome this pandemic.”
The Indian embassy in Switzerland also shared the pictures through its Twitter account, and tweeted, “Indian Tricolor of more than 1000 meters in size projected on Matterhorn Mountain, Zermatt, Switzerland to express solidarity to all Indians in the fight against COVID 19. A big Thank You to @zermatt_tourism for the gesture!”
As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19 pandemic, Switzerland’s Matterhorn mountain is emerging as a beacon of hope. Every night after sunset till 11 pm, the peak is lit up with different messages of hope, empathy, and love. These include #hope, #allofus, #solidarity, and #thankyou, which were projected in a bid to show Switzerland’s support to the people fighting coronavirus across the globe.
Over the past few days, light artist Gerry Hofstetter projected the national flags of various countries on the iconic mountain peak to express solidarity and give hope and strength to all. Apart from projecting the Indian flag, Hofstetter has so far projected the national flags of the US, UK, Japan, Germany, Portugal, and Spain on Matterhorn.
Last modified: April 20, 2020