WSJ: Aerialist Performs Stunt from Williamsburg Bridge Tower

bryan derballa for the wall street journal

bryan derballa for the wall street journal

From the Wall Street Journal:

After a sweltering day in the city, midsummer folly was in the air Monday night. So were two Brooklyn performance artists, who perched 300 feet above traffic on a tower of the Williamsburg Bridge, poised to stage an aerial stunt.

Aerialist Seanna Sharpe and sometime artist and magician Savage Skinner walked onto the bridge just before 7 p.m. Monday evening. Before her ascent, Sharpe said she knew she would leave in handcuffs, but she scaled the tower anyway, giving a brief, daring performance that sent her flipping and flying in the air without the aid of a harness or safety tether.

Sharpe and Skinner’s next trick: Getting out of jail.

New York Police Department officers arrived on the scene thirty minutes after Sharpe, bedecked in a red-and-white leotard and head wrap and Skinner, in a black suit jacket and matching bowler hat, scaled the bridge tower where Sharpe secured 90 feet of silk rope to perform an aerial acrobatic performance.

A crowd of nearly 100 had gathered below, many of them alerted ahead of time by an email Sharpe sent out during the day.

“She’s going to fall,” shuddered Williamsburg resident Cara Knoll, as Sharpe flipped upside down and suspended herself by her feet.

Police first waited for the pair to descend on the bicycle pathway on the northern side of the bridge, causing Sharpe and Skinner, whose real name is Thomas Miller, to scurry south where they climbed down, determined the coast was clear and fled towards Manhattan.

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