1.27.2009

Experiment in free beauty

I had never seen this story before, but it's apparently famous and the writer won a Pulitzer for it. What would happen if you took one of the world's greatest violinists, dressed him like a street musician, and had him play a D.C. Metro station at rush hour, on a $3.5 million Stradivarius, for 45 minutes? Probably not what you think.

5 comments:

Pete said...

Clearly, context matters- a lot.

I'm not sure this setup is fair to the commuters it implicitly critiques. It seems like a kind of entrapment to me.

Grendel said...

Context and I'm-late-for-work. But still... only 7 out of 1,000 even stopped to listen? Don't you think we do walk around with blinders on, and are most of the time not really living life at all?

Pete said...

I would agree that the act of commuting is alienating, unpleasant and generally conducive to mental retreat. But that fact puts my mind in a place to think about the forty hour work week and mass transit funding more than anything this experiment was aiming for.

cj said...

I like the experiment, but using the morning rush hour was a bit of a set-up. It would be interesting to know whether people would have stopped during the evening rush hour, when no one would be worried about being late to work.

Grendel said...

That's a good point, CJ. Or lunchtime.