Wearing a just a pair of jeans and striped t-shirt, no shoes and with no pole to balance himself, a man took to the skies in Barcelona on Sunday evening (July 2) to cross the perilous gap between two buildings on a rope a mere 2cm wide.
Nathan Paulin, 29, has been practising tightrope walking since he was just 17-years-old.
He crossed the 350m length of the rope twice, covering a total distance of 700m while doing so.
The area was closed so Paulin could complete the daring feat, and a large crowd had amassed below to watch the show.
To the shock and awe of the spectators, he demonstrated his ease with the task at hand by even stopping and sitting on the rope, stretching out over the famous city many feet below him.
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Paulin took to Instagram to speak on his accomplishment saying: “It was lovely. There were lots of people, it was so beautiful.”
Although happy to entertain, his main goal as a performer is to make the audience ‘dream’, and ‘reflect on the capacity to be a human being’.
“What captivates me about walking on a rope is the concentration it requires. It’s like meditating”, this lover of mountain sports told El Periódico a few days earlier.
Banned in most places, the art of tightrope walking is one of the most dangerous sports in the world, causing multiple deaths over the past 150 years.
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Yet, Paulin was quite relaxed when undergoing the walk, saying that he finds the concentration required for it ‘captivating’, going on to say that it was ‘like meditating’.
Upon completing his endeavour, Paulin sat on the edge of the Telefónica Tower to admire the birds eye view of the city below him, whilst he was met with tumultuous applause.
@maihy8 He wasnt even wearing any shoes lol #barcelona #spain #tightrope #placacatalunya #europe2023 ♬ double fantasy – slowed + reverb – bbygirl
The spectacle acted as the opening of the Grec festival; a celebration of theatre, dance, music and the circus, which takes place annually in Barcelona.
Paulin is not the first tightrope walker to take to the skies over Barcelona. On November 11, 1934, a tightrope walker used the cable from which hung an advertisement for the latest Hollywood premiere, ‘Tarzan and his companion’, to take to the skies, crossing Calle Pelayo in the air.
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