The US Tour

50 US Monuments in the spotlight – one per state – exploring US history and

the common roots of the United States of America and Switzerland.

The pioneering spirit of the LIGHT ART GRAND TOUR by Swiss Light Artist Gerry Hofstetter and his daughter Céline, remains a characteristic of American society today. The monuments featured in this extra-ordinary tour explore the history of particular locations. Each is an important piece in the jigsaw puzzle of the United States of America and its founding, and plays a role in fostering friendships with other countries, including tiny Switzerland. The USA and Switzerland share many common roots and political structures.

Both are democracies with a federal

system of government; the USA comprises 50 federal states and Switzerland has

26 states known as cantons. Both established their freedom and national independence by fighting off foreign forces, the USA on 4th July 1776 and Switzerland

on 1st August 1291. Both are very inter­nationally minded and their people live

in peace.

 The first year of the tour will focus on the original 13 states to join the Union, followed in the second and third years by the remaining states, from East to West, along the route taken by the pioneers who rolled back America’s frontiers. A Light Art performance will be organised for each selected monument or landmark. The fourth year will be devoted to the

post-production of a film, book, 2021 calendar and art exhibitions. From 2021 onwards, art exhibitions will be presented

in the USA and Switzerland.


The ultimate goal of our tour is to help citizens of the USA understand how both countries share the same core values of freedom, liberty and democracy. The tour’s logo reflects this history.


Gerry Hofstetter,

Céline Hofstetter & team,

and the participating monuments

The States

  • 1st Tour – 2017

    East Coast


    01 Pennsylvania

    Monument:  Washington Crossing at Washington Crossing

    Light Art:  16th Sept 2017 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM


    02 Maryland

    Monument:  Thomas Viaduct at Elkridge

    Light Art: 18th Sept 2017 7.30 PM – 9.00 PM


    03 South Carolina

    Monument:  USS Yorktown at Mount Pleasant, Patriots Point

    Light Art: 21st Sept 2017 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM &

    28th Sept 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


    04 Delaware

    Monument:  Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library at Winterthur

    Light Art:  25th Sept 2017 8.00 PM – 10.00 PM


    05 Virginia

    Monument:  George Washington’s Mount Vernon at Mount Vernon

    Light Art: 27th Sept 2017 7:45 PM – 9:30 PM


    06 North Carolina

    Monument:  Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kill Devil Hill

    Light Art:  1 st Oct 2017 8.00 P M – 9.30 PM


    07 New Hampshire

    Monument:  The Mount Washington Hotel at Bretton Woods

    Light Art:  4th Oct 2017 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM


    08 New Jersey

    Monument:  Historical Society of Princeton at Updike Farmstead

    Light Art: 10th Oct 2017 6:45 PM – 7:30 PM

  • 2nd Tour – 2018

    Southeast, Midwest, West


    01 Florida

    Monument:  Rocket Garden at Kennedy Space Center

    Light Art:  22nd Sept 2018 – not public


    02 Iowa

    Monument:  Old Capitol at Iowa City

    Light Art: 4th Oct 2018  8.00 PM – 9.00 PM, public event


    03 Minnesota

    Monument:  Mill City Museum at Minneapolis

    Light Art:  6th Oct 2018  8.00 PM – 9.00 PM, public event


    04 Nebraska

    Monument:  Scotts Bluff National Monument at Gering

    Light Art: During the Tour


    05 Kansas

    Monument:  Monument Rocks and Prairie at Gove County

    Light Art:  13th Oct 2018  7.00 PM – 9.00 PM


    06 California

    Monument:  Sutter's Fort at Sacramento

    Light Art:  25th Oct 2018  7.00 PM – 8.00 PM, public event

  • 3rd Tour – 2019

    Northeast, Southeast, Southwest

  • 4th Tour - 2020

    Midwest, West

  • Production 2020

    Post-productions of film, book, 2021 calendar and art exhibitions

  • Art Exhibitions 2021

    From 2021 onwards, Art exhibitions in the USA and in Switzerland



2016 – 2020

Art project for the tour start and for the Swiss National Day ceremony in New York, 1st August 2016, placing a copy of the liberator of Switzerland, William Tell Statue from Altdorf on Rat Island. The only one island in New York which is privately owned. The owners are

two Swiss gentlemen. The island is located in the Bronx, 18 Miles away from the Liberty.

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