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Wire walking in New York - Phillipe Petit
"I’m coming home now" - Felix Baumgartner
Man on Wire
Notre Dame Cathedral - June 26, 1971, Philippe Petit
10:05 AM. Minutes ago, the first tourists entered the North tower for the traditional tour of the cathedral. As they make their way to the South tower, none of them suspect that just a few meters above their heads is a silent visitor who arrived earlier. But the people in the street have noticed him and a crowd is beginning to gather to watch.
10:40 AM. The wirewalker doesn’t need to be saved, and the firemen are powerless to convince him otherwise. The police decide to evacuate the tourists, and as I managed to be the first one there, I manage to be the last one to leave. Just before I head down the staircase, I look back and see Philippe’s face ironically floating in the void between the towers. Surrounded by policemen, we can only speak with our eyes. One last photo, one last glance between partners in artistic crime. The mission is accomplished, as well as the first photo documentation crowning our years of friendship and complicity.
Philippe Petit, World Trade Center (1974)
"Life should be lived on the edge. You have to exercise rebellion: to refuse to tape yourself to rules, to refuse your own success, to refuse to repeat yourself, to see every day, every year, every idea as a true challenge - and then you are going to live your life on a tightrope." - Philippe Petit
Photograph by Jean Louis Blondeau.
Philippe Petit crossing between the Twin Towers, New York, 1974