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Philippe Petit's Why Knot? How to Tie More than Sixty Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Life-Saving, Magical, Intriguing, and Secure Knots! To Be Published by ABRAMS in Spring 2013
April 27, 2012

Philippe Petit

High-wire artist Philippe Petit’s book Why Knot? How to Tie More than Sixty Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Life-Saving, Magical, Intriguing, and Secure Knots! will be published by ABRAMS in spring 2013.

Why Knot? will explain how to tie over sixty knots, with all sketches and drawings by Petit himself — some being works of art in their own right that have been exhibited at the Clic Gallery in Soho. The book will also detail how specific knots have been put to use, and will feature photographs of Petit's major high-wire walks.

According to a press release by ABRAMS, Steve Tager, senior vice president and publisher of ABRAMS, said, "ABRAMS has a proud legacy of publishing books with the art world's greatest innovators, from Richard Avedon to Walt Disney, and we're thrilled to be adding to our list the groundbreaking — or, in this case, well-above-ground — artist Philippe Petit."

On August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit accomplished what may be the most astounding “artistic crime” of all time. He walked a high wire illegally stretched between the rooftops of the Twin Towers of the World Center, making eight crossings over the course of an hour, a quarter mile above the sidewalks of New York. Petit’s book, To Reach the Clouds, which recounts the adventure of his illegal high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of The World Trade Center, is the subject of MAN ON WIRE, the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award recipient at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and the winner of the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Philippe Petit has performed on the high wire more than 80 times around the globe, crowning with his wire such architectural monuments as Notre Dame Cathedral and the Sydney Harbour Bridge and creating unique artworks for such momentous events as the French Bicentennial at the Eiffel Tower witnessed by 250,000 spectators, or the 1200th anniversary celebration of the city of Frankfurt before an audience of 500,000. He has done more than a dozen walks in New York City where he has been an Artist-In-Residence at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine since 1982. Philippe was presented with the prestigious James Parks Morton Interfaith Award, is the recipient of the New York Historical Society Award and was recently made Chevalier des Arts & des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.

For more information on Why Knot? How to Tie More than Sixty Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Life-Saving, Magical, Intriguing, and Secure Knots!, please visit the
Philippe Petit Press Release on the ABRAMS Website

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Tim Fox
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