Today was awesome. It made me realise how easy it is to make a big impact by doing something really simple; by looking up! As I only found out about the Global Flash Mob event 3 days ago, happening in 18 cities all over Europe (and perhaps elsewhere), I knew it would be difficult to get a big crowd. However through promotion on couchsurfing and facebook, over 50 people turned up this afternoon for some random improv fun! The vision of the event was ‘Youth Power and Initiative’ and involved everyone looking skyward for 5 minutes. Why? I’m not sure, but I like to think it’s about opening up your horizons, dreaming big and I guess as one passerby remarked today, “It’s better to look up than down!”
At about 1.45 we told the crowd that we were going to disperse and walk down Grafton street, Dublin’s busiest shopping street, and hang out near to Bewleys cafe. Then at exactly 2pm a guy will blow a horn and everyone will look up and freeze. Then after 5 minutes you will hear the horn again and everyone will casually walk away as if nothing happened. I knew it would be a bit of fun but I didn’t realise QUITE how hilarious it was going to be!
With about 50 people looking up at the same spot for 5 minutes, nearly everyone that passed looked up too. People seemed totally baffled as they couldn’t work out what we were looking at. One old lady asked each and every one of us “What are you looking out? What are you doing?” and when the person kept their mouth firmly closed and their eyes to the sky she moved on to the next person then the next eventually I heard her snapping her fingers and saying to the guy behind me “Come on! Snap out of the trance!”
Lots of people stopped right next to me trying to figure out the exact spot I was looking at. In the end all the waitresses from Bewleys cafe couldn’t contain their curiosity, opened the second level doors, walked out onto the balcony and strained their necks sky wards to figure out what we were looking at. At this stage I think it took everyone freezing every last muscle to stop themselves from laughing! Some people found it unnerving as I heard 1 girl remark to her friend, “Everyone is just frozen, what are they LOOKING at? This is freaking me out. Quick, let’s go!” Hilarious! After 5 minutes we heard the horn again and everyone dispersed as if nothing unusual had just occurred.
Ahhh another random day in Dublin.