Last night, acrobat Seanna Sharpe climbed on top of the Williamsburg Bridge and gave onlookers a show fit for a circus. Apparently inspired by Phillipe Petit’s tightrope walk across the twin towers, Sharpe performed crazy, deadly and pretty rad tricks on top of the bridge.
According to the Wall Street Journal
“My goal is to face my fear and to inspire others to face their fears,” Sharpe said in an interview before she went up the bridge. She said she recently climbed the bridge twice in the middle of the night to gauge how difficult it would be to suspend herself from the top of the tower.
“The first time I did it, I didn’t make it to the top I was so scared. The second time the adrenaline was running high,” Sharpe said.
It took approximately seven minutes for Sharpe and Skinner to scale the tower, followed by fifteen minutes of midair twirls and flips. During that time, Sharpe remained tethered to the bridge only by a length of silk rope she had tied to the bridge beams.
They also call the Williamsburg Bridge “the least attractive of the city’s three downtown crossings.” We’ll take it if it means we get cooler performers there.