NIAGARA FALLS - Nik Wallenda’s 2012 walk across Niagara Falls will be permanently remembered in the place where his crossing began.
A 4.5-foot-high limestone and bronze monument, with a piece of the wire used in Wallenda’s feat affixed to the top, was unveiled in a ceremony today on Goat Island in Niagara Falls State Park.
The marker sits overlooking Terrapin Point and the Horseshoe Falls, about 25 yards from where the wire he walked across was strung more than two years ago.
“It really is surreal,” Wallenda said moments after a green tarp was lifted to reveal the monument.
Wallenda, several family members and officials from both the United States and Canada were in attendance, along with a crowd of about 100 people.
The monument was designed by Jack Glennie, a state parks employee who worked as a commercial artist and animator for about 20 years. It was built by Wagner Monuments of Cheektowaga.