National Cathedral, Washington, DC
Swiss born Gerry Hofstetter from Zurich is, for lack of a better word, an illuminating artist, or some variation of a pyrotechnic. A former investment banker and helicopter pilot, Hofstetter has since turned his attention to artist installation. Commissioned across the world, Hofstetter creates light projection masterpieces to be projected onto surfaces such as the Antarctic icebergs, the Egyptian pyramids, the Swiss Matterhorn, the Parisian Arc de Triomphe and other landmarks. Using enormous 6,000-watt projectors, he is able to transfer the images on his slides to these multi facaded canvases. His practice is unique in the sense that it utilizes buildings, monuments and natural reserves to transform natural or manmade architectural into contemporary color. In 2006, he claimed the month of December to be his busiest month; a telling 62 illuminations in three countries. His works require expedition preparation involving permits, helicopters and an ample crew. At the end of a performance, he claims he switches off his lights, and ‘all is left are the memories.’ Most recently he was in Washington, DC projecting his work on the National Cathedral. In the future, he plans illuminate Mount Kilimanjaro.
Church of St Peter Mistail, Alvaschein, Switzerland
Giza pyramids and sphinx, Egypt