GoPro Captures Vertigo-Inducing Footage Atop the One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center was finished in New York City last Friday after the final section of the spire was hoisted up and installed. The skyscraper is now the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third tallest building in the world based on pinnacle height.

To document and celebrate the completion of the tower, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey decided to fix a GoPro camera to the final spire section as it was hoisted up and installed. With its fisheye lens pointed straight down, the camera managed to capture some crazy footage (shown above) of what it looks like to be hanging 1,776 feet in the air.

Using a crane located high above street level, ironworkers lifted the final two pieces off a temporary work platform on the roof of One WTC and attached them to the previously installed 16 sections of spire. During the installation, ironworkers set and tightened 60 bolts at an altitude of 1,701 feet.





The footage is in real time rather than in time-lapse, so you’ll need to sit through 9 minutes of “action” if you’d like to experience the whole thing. Otherwise, try skipping through the video to see the changing view as the beam is lifted higher and higher.

Here are some other photographs showing the final section being installed:




The 104-story skyscraper’s height of 1,776 feet is a symbolic reference to the year of American independence.

(via Laughing Squid)

  • niXerKG

    Amazing stuff. Hope NatGeo sends Joe McNally to the top to take some awesome pictures.

    Also I hate to be that guy but we won’t know officially until November if it’s the tallest building just yet and if they decide not to enclose that lovely spire it won’t be taller than the SEARS tower.

    Yes I am from Chicago. :D

  • Jeffrey Friedl

    It’s much nicer to watch upside down (the video, not the viewer :-), especially at the end when they’re starting to afix it in place. I wish they would have let the video go longer, though.

  • 9inchnail

    Damn, I’ve been living under a rock apparently. I thought, Ground Zero was still a hole in the ground. They already finished a new WTC? Enough internet for today. Real world, here I come. Wait, just a quick visit to 9gag, THEN real world.

  • Bill Stivers

    the men who performed the installation of that tower are truly incredible and very fearless! i’m watching this and chills are running up and down my spine ! i am severely afraid of heights and that would never be me up there ! you men are my heros ! true americans ! thank you for all that lost their lives on 911 and thank you for the surviving families from the bottom of my heart.

  • Andy Bradshaw

    This scared the living crap out of me watching this. I don’t know how those guys can work at those heights. Full respect to them.