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Step Into the Void Above the French Alps

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High up in the French Alps, on the top terrace of the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak, sits a new five-sided glass structure called the Chamonix Skywalk. The installation was inspired by the Grand Canyon's glass skywalk, but it takes the concept to the next level. Instead of looking out over a railing, visitors can hover 1,035 meters (3,396 feet) above the valley in an enclosed transparent box, surrounded on all sides by custom-made 12 mm (1/2 inch) glass. The skywalk will open to the public on December 21, 2013. [13 photos]

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A journalist, wearing slippers to protect the glass floor, stands in the "Step into the Void" installation during a press visit at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak above Chamonix, in the French Alps, on December 17, 2013. The Chamonix Skywalk is a five-sided glass structure installed on the top terrace of the Aiguille du Midi (3842m), with a 1,000 meter drop below, where visitors can step out from the terrace, giving the visitors the impression of standing in the void. The glass room will open to the public on December 21, 2013. (Reuters/Robert Pratta)
A journalist, wearing slippers to protect the glass floor, stands in the "Step into the Void" installation during a press visit at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak above Chamonix, in the French Alps, on December 17, 2013. The Chamonix Skywalk is a five-sided glass structure installed on the top terrace of the Aiguille du Midi (3842m), with a 1,000 meter drop below, where visitors can step out from the terrace, giving the visitors the impression of standing in the void. The glass room will open to the public on December 21, 2013. (Reuters/Robert Pratta)
View of the "Step into the Void" installation at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak in the French Alps, on December 17, 2013. (Reuters/Robert Pratta) #
Closer view of the Chamonix Skywalk, on December 17, 2013. (Reuters/Robert Pratta) #
The top terrace of the Aiguille du Midi, in the French Alps, on December 17, 2013. (Reuters/Robert Pratta) #
View looking downwards from inside the "Step into the Void" installation, on December 17, 2013. (Reuters/Robert Pratta) #
Journalists and employees, wearing slippers to protect the glass floor, stand in the Chamnonix Skywalk atop Aiguille du Midi, on December 17, 2013. (Reuters/Robert Pratta) #
Employees stand in the "Step into the Void" installation during a press visit, on December 17, 2013. (Reuters/Robert Pratta) #
The Chamonix Skywalk juts out from the top terrace of the Aiguille du Midi, with a 1,000 meter drop below. (Reuters/Robert Pratta) #
A journalist stands in the "Step into the Void" installation, on December 17, 2013. (Reuters/Robert Pratta) #
View of the Chamonix Skywalk on top terrace of the Aiguille du Midi, on December 17, 2013. At right, Mont-Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps. (Reuters/Robert Pratta) #
View of the Aiguilles des Periades moutain peaks above Chamonix in the French Alps, December 17, 2013. (Reuters/Robert Pratta) #
A journalist stands in the "Step into the Void" installation, on December 17, 2013. (Reuters/Robert Pratta) #
Distant view of the "Step into the Void" installation at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak above Chamonix, in the French Alps, on December 17, 2013. The glass room will open to the public on December 21, 2013. (Reuters/Robert Pratta) #

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