Exploring former no-man’s-land

A desolate expanse has been transformed into stunning parks and unique promenades.

January 15, 2015 16:40
Gan Bonei Hahomot in Jerusalem

Gan Bonei Hahomot in Jerusalem. (photo credit: SHMUEL BAR-AM)


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In 1987 as one of the opening acts for that year’s Israel Festival, an unconventional French high-wire artist named Philippe Petit carefully walked across a cable that stretched between the Jerusalem Cinematheque and Mount Zion. The timing was perfect, for exactly 20 years had passed since Jerusalem was reunited in the Six Day War, and the act was meant as a symbolic gesture of peace.

Petit, who had performed a similar stunt between the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center in 1974, did what he always does: crossed the wire with nothing underneath to catch him, should he fall.


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