This huge and near-symmetrical pyramidal peak
is 4,478metres (14,692 ft) high, making it one of the highest summits in the Alps and Europe.
Schmalz is planning to build the statue on the pyramidal peak
and it is believed that it would cost EUR10m and could be ready for Saint Patrick's Day, 2015.
There is some purple light in the eastern sky now and as the dawn descends we turn our gaze northwards and there, above the blank ice wall of the mountains, another darker, pyramidal peak
rises up at the very head of the valley.
Among the most conspicuous summits within the World Heritage Site is the pyramidal peak
of Mount Assiniboine, Canada's "Matterhorn.