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Australian flag projected on Matterhorn in message of hope during coronavirus pandemic

Australian flag projected on Matterhorn in message of hope during coronavirus pandemic

The projection was also accompanied by a message of support recognising Australia’s struggles with the bushfires.

Amid the outbreak of coronavirus in Switzerland and the world over, the town of Zermatt has been projecting a different image each night onto its iconic mountain, the 4,478-metre Matterhorn, to symbolise hope and solidarity.

Just last week, on Thursday 23 April, Zermatt dedicated a projection to the people of Australia and New Zealand, lighting up the mountain with the flags on the two nations, accompanied by the following messages:

  • Australia: The country is having a hard time with the bushfires and now the coronavirus. Today we think of the Australian people and send hope and courage to get through the crisis well.
  • New Zealand: The country has mountains and beautiful landscapes, like Switzerland. We send our best regards and hope that the coronavirus will not spread further among the population.

The projections — a project by light artist Gerry Hofstetter — are also “to say thank you to all these people working hard during this crisis”, he said. Other words and messages that have projected include the Swiss word for solidarity, the hashtag #StayHome and the national flags of several other countries.

The projections can be witnessed on the Zermatt’s web cams.

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