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Davos in the spotlight

The well-known Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter illuminated several buildings in Davos on Sunday evening. In doing so, he and Destination Davos Klosters sent a signal of hope shortly after the start of the World Economic Forum's annual meeting, which is taking place again after a two-year pandemic hiatus.

Davos will once again be in the international spotlight in the next few days with the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF). The big topic here is the Ukraine war with the motto "History at a turning point". But the fight against climate change, the Corona pandemic and the looming economic and food crisis are also important topics. As a sign of hope in these difficult times, the light artist Gerry Hofstetter illuminated several buildings in Davos with his projections on Sunday from 10 pm to midnight. Among them were the Kirchner Museum Davos, the Physical-Meteorological Observatory Davos (PMOD), the AO Research Institute Davos and the Hotel Alpengold, popularly known as the "golden egg". About his latest art project, Hofstetter says: "Light is just the right medium to spread hope." With good reason: in January, the WEF had to be postponed until May because of the ongoing Corona pandemic. The current staging shows that public life is returning to normal.

Davos' buildings transformed into modern works of art
Reto Branschi, Director/CEO of Destination Davos Klosters, is pleased: "The light projections showed sporting subjects in our Davos colours yellow like the sun and blue like the sky - matching our claim "Sports Unlimited". And thus staged Davos as you have never seen it before." The collaboration with Hofstetter came about quite spontaneously. On his tour, the artist transformed a total of seven buildings into modern works of art for 15 minutes each. "With the selected objects, I also wanted to show the diversity and importance of Davos. Davos stands for sport, research, health, hospitality, medicine, art, space exploration and history. All these characteristics were reflected by the selected objects," Hofstetter explains his art action.

Known worldwide for his light projections
Zurich-based Gerhard Daniel "Gerry" Hofstetter (1962) is a world-renowned light artist. He has already staged the Pyramids of Giza, the Matterhorn and the North Pole, among others, with his light art. The light magician transforms buildings, monuments and landscapes into temporary art objects all over the world. This was also the case recently with well-known buildings in Davos, which is considered the highest city in the Alps.

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