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Matterhorn lit up with US flag
Photograph: Gerry Hofstetter / Frank Schwarzbach

The Matterhorn is lighting up with flags and messages of hope

See touching messages of hope and solidarity on the Swiss mountain.

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Whenever shit properly hits the fan, you can count on our greatest landmarks to light up with messages of hope. The Eiffel Tower – tick. Empire State Building – tick. Rio’s Christ the Redeemer – tick. Now even the snowy peak of Switzerland’s Matterhorn mountain has been projected with flags and inspirational messages for badly affected countries.

Last week India’s tricolour, Japan’s crimson sun and the US stars and stripes all lit up the mountain, which stands 4,478m tall on the Swiss-Italian border. On other nights, the British, Spanish and Italian flags also appeared, as well as messages like ‘Stay at Home’ and ‘Hope’ – making for a moving, and incredibly picturesque, show of global solidarity.

The projections form part of a series of nightly light shows by artist Gerry Hofstetter above the mountain village of Zermatt. The next projection is still to be announced, and times vary, though they often start around 9.30pm BST (4.30pm EDT, 7.30am AEDT). You can tune in to an official live webcam then.

In the meantime, here’s a selection of images from previous shows: 

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