Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter came to Ukraine with a team of four people and his own power generator to carry out an artistic Christmas light tour for three evenings – Dec. 23, 24, and 25 – in Kyiv and the surrounding area, during which various buildings and monuments were illuminated.

Projections with Ukrainian state symbols, Christmas-themed abstractions, embroidered shirts, sunflowers, and many other bright and cheerful images appeared on St. Andrew's Church, the National Museum of History of Ukraine, the Bell Tower of St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery, the building of the Hennadii Udovenko Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine, and the Bell Tower of St. Sophia Cathedral.

St. Andrew's Church in Kyiv performance by Gerry Hofstetter. Photo credit: press service of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy.

On Saturday, Dec. 24, the light route was canceled due to the tragedy in Kherson, where Russian shelling resulted in numerous casualties.

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On Dec. 25 the light installations appeared on St. Nicholas Church, Central Railway Station, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, and other building. On Christmas Day, the Motherland Monument shone in the capital.

Images of projections are published as NFTs and placed on the OpenSea NFT platform. The funds will be directed to the artist's next performance to support Ukraine.

Gerri Hofstetter is known for lighting works at various locations around the world. He created lighting for the Matterhorn in Switzerland, a projection of the Titanic in its original size on the icebergs in the Arctic to mark the 100th anniversary of the tragedy. On Feb. 1, 2022, for the Chinese New Year of the Tiger, the artist reproduced “the largest art object in the world,” a 5.3 kilometer-long tiger image on Mount Eiger, one of the peaks of the Bernese Alps.

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Kyiv performance by Gerry Hofstetter. Photo credit: press service of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy.

Kyiv performance by Gerry Hofstetter. Photo credit: press service of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy.

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