Yesterday, professional slackliner, Heather Larsen walked across a 20-meter-long tightrope line positioned between the ancient walls of Jerusalem’s Tower of David Museum.
The Museum continues to draw international acclaim and attention following its impressive conference on innovation in the museum and technology space. This conference culminated with an impressive Hacking the Walls Hackathon bringing innovators and tech enthusiasts to the explore possibilities of improving tourism in museums.
What was this tightrope stunt all about?
Unlike in 1987, when a similar tightrope stunt was performed in Jerusalem, by Phillipe Petit, which launched the Israel Festival. This time, Larsen’s impressive balancing act was really part of a promotional film for an upcoming Kickstarter campaign for Joey, an Israeli-designed backpack by Koala Gear.
Watch the impressive video of the entire tightrope over the walls of Jerusalem
The company was initiated by Yonatan Aldouby, a student at Jerusalem’s Shalem College an industrial design enthusiast and elected to not attend Israel’s prestigious Bezalal Academy of Arts and Design.
Yonatan Aldouby, one of the three Koala Gear founders, said that the company is looking to “create better balance with our new bag…we needed someone who knows about balance….Heather’s whole life is about balance.”
The Kickstarter campaign, will launch this summer with the goal of raising at least $30,000 with the hope of keeping the price down to about $150.
Here are some pictures from the Koala Gear Instagram feed showing Heather strung on the tightrope over Jerusalem carefully positioned between the iconic walls of the museum, which were originally built by King Herod and Suleiman the Great.
The slackline is up and we are ready for tomorrow: @slacklarsen will be #highlinigToD tomorrow morning!!! #makinghistory in #Jerusalem A photo posted by Koala (@koala_gear) on