'Dream Now, Travel Later' & Other Positive Messages Light Up Switzerland's Matterhorn Mountain
Matterhorn Mountain, one of the tallest and best-known mountains of the Alps, lends a hand in sending out words of positivity and solidarity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Switzerland is one of the countries that is most affected by the coronavirus, with more than 26000 confirmed cases and 1239 deaths. More than 10000 people in the Alpine region have also tested positive.
To curb the spread of the virus, the government has ordered the closure of all public areas, with a few exceptions. It has also banned gatherings of more than 5 people in any part of the country.
Tourist and ski resorts have remained closed to the public since March 13th 2020 and are not likely to be opened until the 19th of April 2020.
The 4,478 m tall pyramidal peak, that lies at the borders of Switzerland and Italy has been lit up with the colours of the Swiss flag and beams over Zermatt, the nearby resort. Messages of hope, faith and togetherness are projected on the Alps every evening between sunset and 11 PM. The words of positivity on the mountain reads 'Stay Home', 'Hope', an image of a heart, another image of the Swiss flag and a German word meaning solidarity.
The illumination on the Alps is the work of Gerry Hofstetter, a Swiss light artist. It was arranged by the ski organizers of Zermatt resort. The gesture was to tell the people, nations and the world that we all are together in this crisis. The words of positivity and solidarity are for the world to see as the display is being broadcasted on webcams. The organizers of the resort also extended gratitude to everyone who is doing their utmost to curb the pandemic.