Bran Castle not only attracts tourists but also inspires various artists, anxious to emphasize artistic pieces of work. The most recent experience through which passed the castle was the performance of the artist Gerry Hofstetter, the author of a similar show at the Intercontinental Hotel in Bucharest. The artist made his homework to realize the event by conducting a consistent research work on the location of the castle and the history that made it so famous all over the world. Hofstetter was accompanied in Bran by his team and the professional and sophisticated gear of repute.
Stars, Bats and Spider Webs
Three mechanisms for lightning and several colored plates have been brought in Bran from Switzerland to project the image of Dracula, the prince of darkness on the Bran Castle?s frontage. In order to recreate the atmosphere and the context of the macabre events, with the sadistic count sucking the blood of his victims, a grimly scenery was created: little stars shining in the dark, spider webs, flittering bats and fierce shadows sliding on the walls. Illuminated by a 6000 w projector, the colored glass plates turned the legend into reality, reshaping entirely the castle?s face.
The full Moon?s Climax
Preoccupied to have a very accurate projection of Dracula and his malefic creatures, Hofstetter bought a stuffed wolf from a museum of Sinaia and a wooden statue of Dracula from an itinerant dealer. All those who attended the breath-taking happening agreed that the artist managed to project on the walls a very good replica of the bloody count, as the legend claims undeservedly for the memory of the brave and rightful prince. Gerry Hostetter didn?t chose randomly the Sunday night of June 12; the event reached the climax when the full moon showed from behind the clouds. The spectators? adrenaline was at maximum level when the moon illuminated with a pale cold light the castle?s perimeter. The audience experienced another unforgettable thrill in the morning, at sunrise. Both the natural and artificial background enhanced the message of the legend and the historical charge of the environments.
The ?art of light? - as Gerry Hofstetter use to call his performance is six years old now. He has already illuminated the Brandenburg Park in Berlin, several icebergs in Antarctica and the Schaffhausen Fall in Switzerland. On his waiting list two others world?s wonders: Taj Mahal and the Egyptian pyramids.