A laser beam as an arts installation between two mountains in Austria and Switzerland should bundle the 'Power of the Mountains' to lead the two host countries to the final at the Euro08.
It was the Austrian artist Gregor Koller who developed this spectacular project, called "Kraft der Berge" (power of mountains), which was intended to bring together the worlds of soccer and art. To make this idea come true, LOBO installed on top of the Pfaender a green high-power laser, featuring special optics to cross the distance of more than 40 kilometers to the Swiss Saentis.
As a giant artwork of its own a triangle of laser beams connects the centers of a large cultural festival over distances of 18 kilometers every night. This unique visual experience totally different from conventional sky tracking effects made people driving around at night to have the best view on this extraordinary laser sculpture.
Right in the heart of the high-tech region of Stuttgart a ‘marriage’ of two universities is symbolized by two connecting beams, meeting at the TV tower, Stuttgart’s landmark above the city center. The chosen lasers provided enough power to compete against the high ambient lighting level of the city.
Already hours before midnight a gioant star of 3 laser beams float over Ehrenbreitstein Castle. One of the beams aim to the Statue of Emperor Wilhelm I at the ‘German Corner’ where thousands of spectators are waiting for the turn to the year 2000. Suddenly a giant laser projection below the castle showing a countdown appears on the other side of the Rhine river. At midnight the masses cheer out loud and a special millennium laser show is launched.