Thursday marks the 40th anniversary of the Artistic Crime of the Century, the tightrope walk of Philippe Petit between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. The French acrobat, then 24, spent nearly an hour on the wire, 110 stories up, before he was arrested by police.
Items on the Petit’s daring and illegal walk in the Cobb County Public Library System’s Adult and Juvenile Collections include a documentary, children’s picture book, and a novel revolving partly around the spectacle of Petit’s feat.
Click the links below to learn more about each item:
Man on wire, a documentary directed by James Marsh, winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2009.
The man who walked between the towers by artist/writer Mordicai Gerstein is a children’s book. The book won the 2004 Caldecott Medal.
Let the great world spin by Colum McCann is a story about 1970s New York City with characters drawn together by the tightrope walk. The novel received the 2009 National Book Award for Fiction.
The August 7, 1974 walk is reportedly the subject of a film scheduled for release in the fall of 2015 with the lead role played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises, (500) Days of Summer).