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Pioneering Spirit in the Swiss Alps / Light Artist Gerry Hofstetter Illuminates the Jungfrau

January 2, 2012

INTERLAKEN, Switzerland, January 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

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On the night of 1 January, light artist Gerry Hofstetter projected the Swiss cross and
other images on to the north face of the Jungfrau. This launched the centenary year of the
Jungfrau Railway, Switzerland’s leading mountain railway.

Gerry Hofstetter has set up camp beneath the Jungfrau summit at 3380 metres above sea
level, and is staying on the glacier in the heart of the Swiss Alps for nine days. Weather
permitting; from here he will illuminate the Jungfrau on eight evenings until 8 January
2012. Portrayed will be a Swiss cross, a Jungfrau Railway train and a portrait of Adolf
Guyer-Zeller, founder of the Jungfrau Railway. The temperature at this altitude can drop
to minus 30 degrees centigrade. Enough supplies for three weeks have been taken up to the
camp, as a helicopter rescue is impossible in bad weather.

The illumination of the Jungfrau launched the start of celebrations for the Jungfrau
Railway centenary. On 21 February 1912, Italian miners used a massive charge of dynamite
to make the breakthrough to daylight on the Jungfraujoch. They completed the construction
of the railway tunnel through the rock of the Eiger and Monch mountains to the
highest-altitude railway station in Europe. This incredible pioneering masterpiece has
become Switzerland’s leading mountain railway. Today, the Jungfrau Railway carries around
700,000 passengers per year.

The illumination project is possible thanks to cooperation between Gerry Hofstetter,
the Jungfrau Railway and Bayer. As a cultural partner of the Jungfrau illumination, Bayer
wants to foster global awareness of the beauty and unique quality of the Swiss mountain
world. Bayer has been active in Switzerland since 1956 and supports scientific projects in
schools, the development of energy-saving technology and bold and visionary cultural

In addition, a world premiere was also opened on Kleine Scheidegg on 1 January 2012:
the ARTRUN – an art exhibition for skiers. Impressive images show the construction of the
Jungfrau Railway, Gerry Hofstetter’s light art from around the world and Bayer’s cultural

The illumination of the Jungfrau can be followed live on a webcam at


Follow Gerry Hofstetter and his team at http://twitter.com/bayerCH

More pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/bayerch

        For questions please contact:

        Urs Kessler, CEO Jungfrau Railways
        +41(0)79-407-90-52 / urs.kessler@jungfrau.ch

        Elke Neumann, Head of Communications Bayer Switzerland
        +41(0)79-307-61-47 / elke.neumann@bayer.com



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