By: E&P Staff
A Frenchman has been taken into custody this afternoon by New York City police after he climbed to the roof of the New York Times building in midtown Manhattan and unfurled a banner protesting global warming.
The man, 46-year-old stuntman Alain Robert, was arrested by police as he reached the roof of the 52-story building. When questioned by reporters, he said that the climb was “easy.” He went on to say that he believed that the news media would give more prominence to global warming if he climbed a prominent building.
Robert has previously scaled several famous structures, including the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. He did not use a rope, harness, or parachute during his climb.
The slogan on Robert?s banner read, “Global warming kills more people than 9/11 every week.” As he was being arrested he told reporters that he had chosen the Times building because, “it was a green building, which is an fantastic step.”
The Times skyscraper, designed by architect Renzo Piano, opened last year. Designed to be environmentally sensitive, the building?s outside is covered with distinctive ceramic rods that let light in without wasting energy. Robert used those rods today as he ascended the building.