This is MY kind of flash mob!

While I have enjoyed flash mobs of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Handel’s Messiah, or the Harlem Shake, this culturally-minded, high-art flash mob is a new favorite of mine. Actors stormed a shopping center in the Dutch city of Breda to celebrate the return of Rembrandt Van Rijn’s famous painting, The Night Watch, to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

The Night WatchShoppers, at first frightened or shocked, were soon were amused by the recreation of the 17th century masterpiece. Men dressed in period garb descended from the shopping center’s balconies on ropes and filed in charging after a man who seemed to flee their pursuit.

Rembrandt’s The Night Watch was completed in 1642. It depicts Captain Frans Banning Cocq and his lieutenant, Willem van Ruytenburch, leading out their city guard. The Rijksmuseum is scheduled to reopen on April 13th following a 10-year renovation.

Perhaps we Austen fans should stage a full-dress Regency ball flash mob. We could be accompanied by an authentic ensemble. Sounds like great fun to me.

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About Robin Helm

Robin Helm has published all three volumes of The Guardian Trilogy, Guardian, SoulFire, and Legacy. She has also published two Regency short stories. She and her husband have two daughters, the elder a Navy nurse stationed in Guam and deployed aboard the USMS Mercy, and the younger a fourth grade teacher. They live in South Carolina with their Yorkie, Tobey, Maltese teacup, Chloe. Ms. Helm graduated with a BA from Piedmont International University. She is a member of the Delta Epsilon Chi honor society, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the scholarship faculty of the United States Achievement Academy.
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6 Responses to This is MY kind of flash mob!

  1. Gayle Mills says:

    If I were younger, I’d organize one.

  2. Robin Helm says:

    I have a feeling we’re going to be saying that quite a bit during the next ten years or so.

  3. Gayle Mills says:

    Probably so. We had a great run.

  4. Robin Helm says:

    I regret very little in my life. I probably would have done nearly everything the same way if I had it to do over again.

  5. Pamela Aidan says:

    An absolutely inspired idea, wonderfully executed !!

    • Robin Helm says:

      I agree, Pamela. I’m glad I put a picture of the painting in the post, too. When I put that picture in, I didn’t realize that they dropped the frame around the live picture at the end of the video. It’s easy to compare the two because of the way it lined up.

Why yes, we DO want a piece of your mind. ;-)

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