On June 15, high-wire artist Nik Wallenda will attempt to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope — the first such attempt in more than 100 years.
He will use an 1,800-foot long, custom-made, two-inch wire that will stretch from Goat Island on the American side of the falls to a site just below the falls on the Canadian side. The wire will be strung about 200 feet above the base of the Niagara Gorge.
The walk poses considerable danger to Wallenda from such things as the falls’ mist plume, changeable winds, possible attack by peregrine falcons as he traverses their flight path, and clamps on the safety harness he is being forced to wear by ABC, which is televising the event.
This event has generated much excitement and controversy, and University at Buffalo experts are available to discuss the nature of such spectacles, their role in popular culture, the Niagara mist plume, crowd psychology and the kinds of risks involved in this venture.
They are willing to talk about the following:
- The public loves a spectacle that involves possible violence
- Niagara Falls Water Plume and Wind Could Affect Wallenda’s Safety
- Wire walk is ‘opportunity of a lifetime’ for regional tourism
- Public Appeal of Wallenda’s Walk Has Psychological Underpinnings
- Possible Peregrine Falcon Attacks on Wallenda a Safety Risk
- Wallenda Falls Walk Entails Different Kinds of Risks
I don’t know if this is just for publicity for the University, or if there is some other benefit to them