Swiss artist brings 'Light Art Grand Tour' to Mount Washington Hotel

Union Leader Correspondent
October 05. 2017 9:23AM
Gerry Hofstetter's “Light Art Grand Tour” projected some 30 images onto the Omni Mount Washington Hotel during a two-hour presentation Wednesday night. (JOHN KOZIOL/UNION LEADER CORRESPONDENT)

BRETTON WOODS - A Swiss artist on Wednesday temporarily transformed the Omni Mount Washington Hotel into a shimmering orb in the night.

Gerry Hofstetter, as part of his “Light Art Grand Tour,” projected some 30 images onto the iconic hotel during a two-hour presentation.

The presentation is one of 50 that Hofstetter is making in each American state.

The goal is to celebrate the bonds between Switzerland and the U.S., said Hofstetter, including friendship, democracy, and common roots.

The 55-year-old former banker said he considered 89,712 places for his three-year American tour, before choosing 50, including the Omni Mount Washington.

The hotel, he said, epitomizes everything he was looking for: it has history, as the home of the Bretton Woods conference that led to the creation of the international banking system; it has natural beauty in superabundance; and, culturally, it exemplifies growth of tourism and leisure.

Although this is just his first time in Bretton Woods and New Hampshire, Hofstetter has already proclaimed it one of his five favorite places in the world.

“It’s a full combination of everything I’m looking for. Too perfect.”

Hofstetter said he will project images showing skiing and other themes. On the centennial of the sinking of the Titanic, he superimposed a life-size projection of the ship onto an iceberg, 3,000 miles up the west coast of Canada, where the iceberg that claimed the Titanic was born.

His art, he explained, is unique – “nobody else is doing this. I taught myself” – and environmentally friendly – “I don’t even touch the building,” he said.

Projecting light onto a giant canvas like the Omni Mount Washington is only “.02 percent” of the job, whereas the rest is positioning the light and using it effectively.

“Tonight, I will speak with the monument,” said Hofstetter, who hopes that the display encourages people to learn more about America and its rich history.

“Learn from your history” he said, “to create your future.”

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