High Wire Walk In Buffalo

September 23, 2010 Updated Sep 23, 2010 at 8:50 PM EDT

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September 23, 2010 Updated Sep 23, 2010 at 8:50 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) High above Buffalo, French artist Didier Pasquette walked a wire the width of a thumb from one "Lady Liberty" to another high atop the Liberty Building.

He completed his death defying stunt in just a few minutes, shortly after 6:30p.m.

Earlier Thursday, the Frenchman told Eyewitness News, "For me, it will be nice. I see (a) statue, and will have a huge view of (the) lake (and) Buffalo."

There is a video of Pasquette posted on YouTube walking a tightrope in past performances. He uses no harness and no safety net. Pasquette said he is not trying to break a record with this act - he is just looking for a beautiful place to walk the wire.

He chose the Liberty Building because of it's symbolism.

This high wire performance marks the opening of an exhibition called "Beyond In Western New York 2010" - which features the work of more than 100 artists from Western New York and surrounding areas. The exhibit can be viewed at 27 venues in and around Buffalo.

Bruce Ferguson, International Consultant for Beyond In WNY 2020 told the media, "We were fortunate enough to find not only one of the great tightrope walkers of the world, but a genuine poetic artist."

Pasquette admits that he gets a little nervous before each walk.

While the tightrope walk is dangerous, he says the walk itself is simple.

He will also perform his act Sunday at Noon, 1pm, and 2pm at the corner of Prospect and Old Falls Streets in Niagara Falls, USA.