I find this ‘coup’ insanely beautiful. A man decides to somehow, illegally, covertly, stretch a 200 kg cable between 2 towers (World Trade Centre in New York) and walk across it. He works with a small team. Its 1974. They actually pull it off. Trailer for the documentary below.
I remember my grand father, Ronald Redwin, once telling me something along the lines of
… if there’s someone drowning in a river and you dive in and rescue them then you are a hero. But, if it should so happen that you drown whilst attempting to rescue them, then they will call you an idiot.
I could never work out what he was trying to say to me. I must have been 14 or 15 or something. But this seems to apply to Phillippe Petit, the Man on the Wire.
There’s a very interesting and dangerous parallel, or perhaps contrast, between this event and the 9/11 bombings both executed on the same buildings. One is in the name of the celebration of life. The other is in the name of …hmm … I’m really not sure. But its not death, it is something else.
In an interview on the Colbert report Petit says “what I do is inspire people”. And hell. The new design for my house just took a turn to the radical.