Libra 29: Walking the LineSeptember 11, 2011
On Wednesday, 7 August 1974, shortly after 7:15 a.m, Philippe Petit stepped off the South Tower and onto his 3/4″ 6×19 IWRC (independent wire rope core) steel cable. He walked the wire for 45 minutes, making eight crossings between the towers, a quarter mile above the sidewalks of Manhattan. In addition to walking, he sat on the wire, gave knee salutes and, while lying on the wire, spoke with a gull circling above his head.
His audacious high-wire performance made headlines around the world. When asked why he did the stunt, Petit would say,
“When I see three oranges, I juggle; when I see two towers, I walk.”
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