Dancing In The Air 285 Feet Above The Williamsburg Bridge

Aerialist Seanna Sharpe does a beautiful routine high above one of New York City's bridges.

Aerialist Seanna Sharpe 285 Feet Over The Williamsburg Bridge from Ronen V on Vimeo.

You may have caught this on the news over the summer; aerialist Seanna Sharpe climbed high into the girders of the Williamsburg Bridge and did an acrobatics show above the traffic in a home-made cloud swing (which looks like a bunch of bed sheets to me. Yikes!). Ronen V put together various angles of footage - much of it captured by passers by on their phones - into this gorgeous, thrilling video that follows Seanna from her climb up the bridge to her inevitable confrontation with the police.

Obviously this stunt reminds me of Philippe Petit's daring high wire walk between the Twin Towers back in the 70s; like Petite's stunt, Sharpe's show brings human beauty to the infrastructure of the city, giving the people below a moment of electric thrill, an experience of art in the wild. Sharpe reclaimed people's commute, returning wonder to their daily drudgery, if only for a few moments. It's these kinds of mad bits of sudden art that makes New York City so vibrant.