Alain Robert – a lie in photos and song
ALAIN Robert usually has neither safety nor permission when he climbs the world’s tallest building. He’s scaled some of the biggest monuments to working in high offices: the Empire State Building in New York, One Canada Square in Canary Wharf, London, Shanghai’s Jin Mao Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. He often dresses as Spider-Man, which makes him look less daring than ridiculous. What Alain needs is to team up with Philippe Petit, his fellow Frenchman who walked on a tightrope between New York’s Twin Towers in 1974. If Alain can get him to the top, Philippe can walk the web.
PS: check out Hafdis Huld’s ode to Alain, Kongulo (Icelandic for “spider”), which includes the line: “You never see him in an elevator/It moves too slow — see you later.”
French daredevil climber Alain Robert, known as "French Spiderman", climbs the 28-storey Cristal Tower in Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005. Robert, 42, renowned for climbing without ropes or other equipment, has also climbed the Eiffel Tower and more than 30 skyscrapers, including New York's Empire State Building in 1994, and the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1997. Police apprehended Robert at the top of the building. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)