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Famous French high wire artist Philippe Petit to talk about his "walks" at Simon's Rock

Philippe PetitGREAT BARRINGTON, MA – Philippe Petit, famous French high wire artist and author, will visit Bard College at Simon’s Rock on Tuesday, March 25, as part of the Conversations Series organized by Student Activities. Petit will discuss his career and famous Twin Towers walk with students at 7 p.m. in the Livingston Hall Student Union.
 
Philippe Petit first gained fame in 1974 when he illegally walked on a wire between the Twin Towers in New York City. As a high wire artist, he has also performed tightrope walks at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Louisiana Superdome, and between the Palais de Chaillot and the Eiffel Tower, among other structures. 

He wrote several books detailing his tightrope walk preparations and his career, including the most recent one To Reach the Clouds: My High Wire Walk Between the Twin Towers, published in 2002. He is also the subject of the documentary Man on Wire, shot by UK director James Marsh. The documentary won the Grand Jury Price: World Cinema Documentary and World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary, at 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Petit currently lives in Woodstock, New York.
 
The talk will be free and open to the public.

Photo: Philippe Petit-A Dot in the Sky, Collection Philippe Petit

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