I love how he calls it his tower. I have a difficult time believing in any conception of ownership but if there was ever a time where proprietorship was real it would be this. Because I highly doubt the executive Port Authority of NY, legal owner of the Twin Towers really expends much time and passion into just thinking about the towers he “owned”, whereas I’d bet Petit thinks of it often. There could be a claim for the artistic ownership being real, as in the directors and architects of the towers. But with art, it seems to often be the piece that defines and overshadows the artist (in this case literally), whereas Philippe cast his shadow on the building. If one were to juxtapose the architect to the tower, I would guess that it would be the tower that really makes an impression. But with this tightrope walker, despite the fact that there is a massive monument to human achievement next to him, it seems like the eye is ever drawn to the tiny blip that is him, an even greater human achievement. Because where there were monetary motivations for the other “owners”, the only connection the walker has is pure unbridled dreams and passions. When these towers fell, the artist lost his work, the executives lost their investments. But Philippe Petit’s achievement still stands; he owned that tower. For it is not a creation or a purchase which truly makes ownership, but a pure emotional connection and actualization of dreams like this.