As part of the London 2012 Festival last Sunday, 15th July, a daredevil troupe of dance/acrobatic extreme athletes performed the “Human Eye” on Merlin Entertainments’ EDF Energy London Eye. Dancers hung from each of the 32 fifty metre long spokes of the giant wheel as it turned creating a breathtaking and extraordinary spectacle.
The tallest cantilevered observation wheel in the world at 132 metres, the London Eye is owned and operated by Merlin Entertainments, Europe’s biggest leisure operator and the second biggest in the world after Disney.
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The 32 dancers sited themselves on alternate spokes and, as the huge wheel turned, each performer managed the ever-changing pull of gravity; rising up and sliding down with each rotation and creating a remarkable and ever-changing spiral.
During the performance, the wheel spun at a faster rate than normal with each full rotation taking just twenty minutes. Human Eye was a memorable event for spectators as it was performed over 3 rotations of 20 minutes, making an hour of death-defying athleticism as the sun set over the great city of London, this year’s Olympic city.