|Inhabitants of Landes by Jean Louis Gintrac|
It's not often that my mind turns to the consideration of stilts. But reading the background of Cirque du Soleil CEO, Guy Laliberte, it mentions that he was once a stiltwalker. Wow! That's quite a career change!
Now, I know that stilts have gotten a bad image from association with creepy clowns and Uncle Sam marching in a parade. For fans of superhero comic books, the pathetic supervillain Stilt Man may have left a lasting negative impression. However, stilts have a long history as a viable means of traveling over difficult terrain. Moreover, modern stilt dancers can give some awesome performances.
|Stilt Man on the cover of Daredevil v.1 #48 (1969) by Gene Conlan and George Klein|
So, let's try to dispel the images of the absurd, creepy, or cheesy.
Alright, let's look at Stilt Man again and try to work the mockery out of our system. ;-)
|Stilt Man on the cover of Daredevil v.1 #8 (1965) by Wallace Wood|
All good? Then check out these vids of stilt excellence.