The largest mud building in the world is the great mosque in Djenne. It is made from animal dung and mud. The mud bricks form the organic shapes. Frequently, there will be pottery, calabash, or ostrich eggs on top of it to prevent its destruction from the rain. The timbers that protrude from the mosque provide the scaffolding that is permanent.
Nearly one hundred and fifty years ago the first great “funambulist”, Charles Blondin, tip toed across a large body of water with just his wits and a long balancing stick. Since then many others have taken the plunge, unfortunately some to their deaths, and walked over wide expanses. These breathtaking photos still make you wonder why the heck anyone would do this.