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Daredevil walks rope between downtown Los Angeles skyscrapers, high above skyline

A shocking video shows a daredevil walking on a rope between two skyscrapers in downtown Los Angeles.

Oceanwide Plaza, a billion-dollar luxury apartment and retail building, has been vacant for years and has become infamous as graffiti towers, attracting artists and those looking to make death defying stunts.


YouTuber Ben Schneider was the latest to attempt a stunt on location when he swerved across a slackline between buildings, towering above the Los Angeles skyline.

Schneider, a performance artist and self-proclaimed daredevil, posts videos under the YouTube handle “Reckless Ben” and has more than 350,000 subscribers.

Despite a police perimeter surrounding the buildings, Schenider said he managed to escape any watchful eyes on May 12.

“We pretended we were a religious sect and we had 20 people hold up signs saying ‘Jesus Saves’ and the signs were blocking the police’s view, so we just jumped the fence,” he said. -he declares.

Inside the building, he and his team members climbed up to 500 feet from the tower several times to thread and tighten two one-inch nylon straps between the towers.

While holding a camera attached to a selfie stick, Schneider carefully mounts the line and begins walking the rope, his camera capturing the dizzying view and moving the traffic below.

“I call it moral graffiti,” Schneider said of his stunt. “I am a moral graffiti artist. I vandalize buildings without causing damage to the buildings.

Schneider, who is an experienced slackliner, spent more than two minutes walking the line while attached to a safety harness.

“I was pretty confident that Ben could pull it off,” said Lydia Ren, a member of Schneider’s team who served as a spotter during the stunt. “I just do this for fun. It’s not a job. I actually work at a VR startup, so it’s like my weekend thing.

Once police realized there were intruders inside the towers, authorities began searching the premises. Schneider was seen hiding in a bathtub and covering himself with plywood. He remained there for several hours before finally leaving the building and escaping arrest.

Despite the name of his YouTube account, Schneider said he was well aware of the dangers of such stunts.

“Everything is dangerous,” he said. “Driving a car is dangerous, but we still drive. The move I made was dangerous but I think the reward outweighed the risk because I think we inspired a lot of people. I have to get out of my comfort zone. We need to do something scary and inspire the world to live their best lives.

Oceanwide Plaza is a $1 billion mixed-use luxury apartment and retail project comprising three unfinished structures. Construction was stalled in January 2019, with the developer lacking the funds to complete it.

The complex, located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles’ entertainment district, has attracted many artists who have since covered more than 27 floors of its exterior with graffiti.

The building poses an ongoing problem for police and city leaders due to constant intrusions by those eager to mark the building, perform death-defying stunts, and/or even BASE jump.

In March 2024, city council members agreed to allocate $3.8 million to clean up and secure the site, which saw numerous arrests in the weeks after the marking began.

Footage of Schneider’s waterfall can be seen in the video player above.

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News Source : ktla.com

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