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Jake is up to more high-wire japes
8:00pm Sunday 13th October 2013 in News
A DAREDEVIL is set to perform his latest hair-raising stunt by walking a high-line an estimated 50ft above ground level atop an iconic, listed building.
Jacob Hirsch-Holland, also known as Jake the Juggler, and a group of friends will rig a 115ft long high-line between two posts that rise into the sky above the Spectrum Building, in west Swindon on Saturday, October 26.
The structure was designed by Sir Norman Foster and was built in 1980 to serve as the Renault distribution centre.
Its claim to fame came when it featured, albeit briefly, in the 1984 James Bond film A View To A Kill.
Last month it was included in English Heritage’s post-war preservation listings, which have listed more than 700 buildings in the past 25 years.
Stuntman Jake, who hit the headlines for high-lining across a decommissioned gas holder in Cobden Road and also over shoppers at the Brunel Centre, picked out his latest location after driving past it almost every day.
He said: “I live nearby so I always drive past it and I thought it would be an amazing space to do a high-line. I’ve got some of my friends to help me out, including one guy who did the gas holder with me last year.
“On a personal level there is something exciting about ascending to and occupying air space where nobody ever has been to before. “Visually it is a great way to celebrate interesting architecture and landscapes. The timing is perfect with the building having just been listed.
“It’s not the highest one I’ve ever done, nor the longest but in terms of urban high-lines this is going to be one of the most aesthetically spectacular.
“There will be performances on the line between noon and 5pm.”
The circus performer, who can be seen regularly practising slacklining in Town Gardens, hopes to raise money for the work of charity Performers’ Without Borders in poor countries.
“Everyone involved has offered time and expertise completely free of charge in order to raise funds for me to join the charity Performers Without Borders (PWB) on their upcoming tour in Nicaragua, Central America, to teach performing arts to vulnerable children for three months next year,” Jake said.
“PWB is an amazing charity that works in countries of high child poverty. “Through teaching performing arts, PWB and its volunteers help children to explore their potential. “Learning performance skills can help develop confidence, empowerment, creativity, team working skills, and overcome social barriers.
“I went out there with Ocotal earlier this year and it was an amazing experience to work with kids from difficult backgrounds. “The money will also go towards providing equipment for them to use even once we’ve gone so there will be a lasting legacy.
“It has been with the help of the Kidz About play centre and the support of Tri-Slacklining and a few of my friends that this project has come to fruition.”
The event, facilitated by Kidz About, will take place between noon and 5pm and spectators are asked to use the car park off Rivermead Drive, rather than Mead Way.
To sponsor Jake visit www.gofundme.com/4ptq9w or on the day with cash or a cheque.
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