A television presenter dressed up in sparkly green lycra last night and scaled an iconic city building using nothing but suction pads.
Jason Bradbury used a specially built vacuum and suction-cup climbing device to scale the 79 feet of Fort Dunlop, home of BPM Media (Midlands) Ltd, publishers of The Birmingham Post, during the filming of Channel Five’s Gadget Show. The presenter Twittered about the attempt to his 33,000 followers, just before he climbed into his green “superhero suit.” It will feature on a special edition of the show next month.
Jason was transformed into “Mr Gecko” during the bid to recreate the climbing skills of Spider-Man. A special effects company, The Machine Shop, spent weeks building the contraption, which had two suction cups for Jason to hold. His suit was designed by Lucy Fairbrother, a recent graduate of Birmingham’s Institute of Art & Design.
Jason spent three weeks training for the attempt, including working on his legs and upper body muscles. Andrew Smith, a researcher for the show, said: “Jason has been training hard for the attempt, which will be quite physically demanding. We are also sending up some mini helicopter cameras and he will be wearing a headcam.
“We needed a flat glass surface for this and that is why we chose this iconic building.”
The attempt will be shown on Monday September 21 at 8pm on Channel Five.