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Picture It: National Cathedral Gets a Make Over

Here are some luminous pictures from the first showing of a new art project "Lighting to Unite" — a light show designed to ignite national and global unity. The project uses the National Cathedral in Washington, DC as its canvas.

Gerry Hofsetter, a Swiss artist, is responsible for these images, which include stars, human faces, and a mysterious woman in a kimono. According to the Washington Post he has displayed the British-flag on the white cliffs of Dover, hieroglyphics on the Great Pyramid, and a polar bear on an Antarctic iceberg.

About his most recent show in D.C., Hofstetter said: "Light is hope, fire is energy. These colors mean hope and energy."

Check out the pictures. Are you feeling the hope and energy?


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Jenny86 Jenny86 9 years
Very pretty!
ASpoonfulofSugar ASpoonfulofSugar 9 years
How did I NOT know about this? The weather was terrible here the past several days. Friday night would have been horrible to see this, considering there were tornado watches and flood warnings.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Awesome! I cant wait to go see it!
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
No worries HF! It's a light show. Think outdoor movie! :) Are you off your emoticon fast yet? Cuz here's a creme puff! :naughty_elves: :jumpin: :rudolph: :pirate: :evil: :tread: :dog: :hug:
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
This is only temporary right? Sorry I just absolutely love the national cathedral and wouldn't want this to be permanent.
Geisha-Runner Geisha-Runner 9 years
Wow! This is a great idea! I love it! Guess what my new screen saver is!
austerity austerity 9 years
That's beautiful, absolutely lovely! It makes the artist in me weep with joy. Is this exhibition still on? I can get there in like a jiffy!
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
this is absolutely beautiful!
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Very cool! I would love to see this show. Pretty original. I wish some closeups could have been taken with out the peoples silhouettes though. I think I like the mysterious kimono woman reaching out, the best. I don't know, the 2nd 3rd and 4th might be the best ones, I think. The whole thing looks awesome though.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
UnDave I would imagine that the National Cathedral has some say in what types of images are projected onto it's building. I am waiting for the environmental shoe to drop though...
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I just hope the pictures don't go negative, "for the sake of art".
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I feel like I need to go see this now.
stephley stephley 9 years
They look a little Disney-worldish, but pretty. The faces must be a bit of a shock if you're driving past the Cathedral and don't expect them.
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