Man on Wire, the 2008 documentary about Phillipe Petit's audacious tightrope walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, brought two paths of memory to a head in its reverence for Petit's particularly ’70s spirit of weird New York ingenuity and the staggering physical presence of the two skyscrapers that once anchored lower Manhattan. When Petit made the walk, the Towers were brand new and New York was in the middle of a miserable recession. The downtown diehards at Supreme, in another of their implausibly on point promos, tracked down Petit for an East River walk on the low to ostensibly promote their Fall/Winter 2010 line. It probably has absolutely nothing to do with the embarrassing debate over the Park51 community center that is revealing many New Yorkers to be suffering from a recession of brain power, but the timing can't help but make you think that we could use another lofty distraction like Petit.
Go here to read Jake Davis' behind-the-scenes description of the Petit shoot.