LONDON – A French extreme free-climber who calls himself Spider-Man and became famous as he climbed buildings around the world, climbed on Thursday afternoon to the Heron Tower, the tallest building in the City of London.
Divided into Images Viewers on the social media watched them stretch their neck to take a look at rock climber Alain Robert as he climbed the imposing building, which is more than 750 feet high.
Why Mr. Robert decided to climb the tower Not immediately clear, but it was far from the first time the 56-year-old French stuntman climbed the side of a skyscraper.
Ten years ago, on a June morning, he reached the top of the 52-story building housing the New York Times headquarters. He was arrested on the roof after unfolding a bright green banner near the top saying, "Global warming is killing more people than 9/11 every week."
He pleaded guilty to uncontrolled behavior, a transgression appropriate without criminal record. He paid a fine of $ 250 and served three days of community work on the gay men's health crisis, a nonprofit, city-based organization that provides education and support to those with H.I.V. and AIDS
Mr. Robert's stunts inspire awe, admiration and confusion – his official Facebook page has more than 80,000 likes. He also inspires imitators. A few hours after he climbed the Times building in 2008, a Brooklyn man boarded the Achte Avenue. A third man climbed several floors of the building on 9th July. Later, the Times changed the facade of the building.
Surprisingly, Mr. Robert suffers from dizziness. He has experienced accidents that have disabled him by 66 percent. At the age of 19, he fell off a cliff and doctors told him that he would never climb again, he said.
But they could not have been more wrong.
"I already knew that climbing for I am as important as eating or breathing," Robert wrote on his website . Robert uses nothing but his bare hands and his sheer will to climb skyscrapers and cliffs, and he dangles from the edge of the window, his feet pointing to the precipice hundreds of feet below him.
About an hour before he began his ascent, Mr. Robert told the British broadcaster Sky News he had never heard of the Heron Tower until two days ago.
"I did not even know about this building," he said. "I only saw a few pictures when I came to London two days ago."
He finally decided that this was a fitting building for a good ascent – not a life-threatening one. The tower, which opened in 2011, has 46 floors.
"For me it seems feasible, acceptable in terms of difficulty," he said. "I try to do something that just makes sure I do not endanger my life."
But even a daring solo climber does not always reach the top. This is not Mr. Robert's first London promotion. Cold and windy weather stopped him in his tracks when he defeated Canadian Square No. 1 at Canary Wharf in 2002. He got stuck near the 40th floor and had to be rescued, according to The Guardian. 19659005] Mr. Robert, who has successfully climbed the Canada Square Tower in 1995, argues that freedom is the distinguishing force among his risky ventures.
"When I climbed Canary Wharf," he said [The Guardian 2003] "I've received a lot from e-mails from people who said it was like a ray of light."
"They're behind a computer looking at the Watch and suddenly they see this carefree bird in front of their office window, "he said.
When he reached the top of Heron Towers on Thursday, the police were waiting, and Mr. Robert was handcuffed in. Mr. Robert remained in custody on Thursday night The police were accused of causing public harassment.