It was a unique event gaining worldwide attention, yet it began in the ordinary way with a visit from a potential customer.
However, this particular client was planning an extraordinary event.
Steve Clark, vice president of Clark Rigging & Rental Corporation of Lockport, N.Y., recalled one day that Nik Wallenda of the famous Flying Wallenda aerialist family “walked into our office and said ‘I’m going to walk a wire over Niagara Falls’.”
“Being prudent and cautious managers that we are, we scratched our heads and thought ‘OK, good luck!’” Clark said.
The crew that put up Nik Wallenda’s practice cable outside the Seneca Niagara Casino two weeks ago spent most of Wednesday dismantling it.
Now that same crew looks forward to rigging a similar cable -twice as long – across the Niagara Gorge a few days before Wallenda’s scheduled crossing of the world famous Falls on June 15th.
“It was really a good practice for everyone involved,” said Randy Fletcher of Rochester, NY based O’Connell Electric, while reflecting on the task just completed and the bigger one at hand.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
The organizers of Nik Wallenda’s proposed tightrope walk across the Horseshoe Falls say they’ll spend any amount of money needed to make it happen.
Site preparation, rigging setup, rescue personnel, helicopters and security will all be paid by Wallenda Inc., the corporation that oversees the performances of the famed Wallenda family.
“Certainly I would think when all is said and done, it would be at least $1 million,” said Wallenda’s manager Winston Simone. That money would be recouped by a television deal with the Discovery Channel, as event sponsors. “We would like to believe we would be able to find corporate sponsors who would help us. With what a sponsor will get for this, we believe it’s a good bet.”