Dubbed the tallest tourist attraction in Europe, the Chamonix Skywalk in France invites visitors to step into the void.
Perched above a 1km drop down the Aiguille du Midi, the knee wobbling skywalk is a box made entirely of glass. It took French tourism company Compagnie du Mont Blanc five years to construct the box made of three layers of tempered glass.
The viewing platform opens on 21 December and tourists will be able to gaze out at the interrupted view of the spectacular alpine panorama.
We confidently predict that New Zealand will want one too, and it will be billed as a triumph of ‘Kiwi ingenuity’. Rather like it laid claim to bungee jumping.
Given its record it is doubtful whether New Zealand will be able to afford or safely maintain a skywalk made of glass.
You may also be interested in: The Cave Creek Disaster – a scenic viewing platform in Paparoa National Park, New Zealand, collapsed, resulting in the deaths of 14 people. The tragedy resulted in wide criticism of the government and its policies towards funding and management of the conservation estate. It was revealed that serious systemic failures had led to the building of the unstable platform. source
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- Tourists go ‘into the void’ with vertigo inducing views (itv.com)
- ‘Step into the Void’ art installation overlooks the French Alps (darkroom.baltimoresun.com)
- Mon Dieu, Chamonix! (ariel51.wordpress.com)
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- Skiing Chamonix with Warren Miller – 1989 (unofficialnetworks.com)