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walking in the air

by Peter Long

Ink on white cartridge paper 28x33 cms (Edition of 6. The sheet would fit straight into a standard 28x33cm/ 11x13 inch frame)

15 x 19 cm


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With a little help from his friends, at day break on 7th August 1974, the French genius Philippe Petit stepped out from the 110th floor onto a wire and walked between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in New York. He passed across eight times, at one point pausing to lie on his back and at another, to hang by his heels, performing his amazing feat with a smile upon his face.

Some people, not many, will voluntarily take on the incredible balancing act of walking a high wire. Yet many people, without volunteering, find themselves upon a high wire, attempting some other impossible balancing act. If you are on a high wire and cannot raise a smile then I would say that it is high time to get down!

This is a relief print pulled from an engraving cut from rubber.