To Reach the Clouds: My High Wire Walk Between the Twin Towers

To Reach the Clouds: My High Wire Walk Between the Twin Towers

Philippe Petit

An artist of the air re-creates his six-year plot to tug off an act of incomparable attractiveness and imagination

One late-summer day, a feat of incredible audacity was once perpetrated at the dual towers of the realm alternate heart. The 12 months used to be 1974. 100000 humans collected at the flooring to observe in awe as twenty-four-year-old excessive cord artist Philippe Petit made 8 crossings among the all-but-completed towers, four hundred and forty yards above the earth, over the process approximately an hour.

Petit's success made headlines all over the world. but few who observed or heard approximately it learned that it was once the success of a dream he had nurtured for 6 years, rekindling it at any time when it was once at risk of expiring. His accomplices have been a motley group of foreigners and americans, who lower than Petit's course had conpired, connived, worked, argued, rehearsed, and improvised to make attainable an act of unsurpassed aerial artistry.

In this visually and verbally beautiful ebook, Petit tells for the 1st time the dramatic tale of this history-making stroll, from notion and clandestine making plans to the functionality and its aftermath. The account attracts on Petit's journals, which catch every little thing from his budgets to his options for rigging a excessive twine in the dark among of the main safe towers on this planet. it's lively through photos taken by way of of Petit's collaborators, and through his personal splendidly evocative sketches and unquenchable humor.

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