1 Hudson Street


In the early 1970's my father lived on 1 Hudson Street, a few blocks north of the World Trade Center. On a floor above him, Philippe Petit stayed with friends and planned his high-wire walk between Towers 1 and 2 of the WTC. On August 7, 1974, he watched Petit perform his walk. My father called it the greatest work of art he had ever seen. It was beautiful, unexpected, unsellable, dangerous, and illegal.

On an overcast morning with light rain in 2010, I took the train downtown to 1 Hudson Street and walked around photographing where the performance took place from various vantage points. The images were developed, printed and displayed alongside Xeroxes my father made of the New York Times article about the event at his office in Tower 1.

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