The record heat of July 17th, 102 degrees for this date, would normally keep most people indoors with the air conditioning going full blast. However, geocachers are a different breed.
A flash mob is a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual action for a brief period of time, then quickly disperse.
The unusual action was to have the group stand on a platform that acted like a scale, and get a sculpture to animate. Per the plaque on the platform, we needed at least 500 pounds to make things happen.
Normally, the group would be scattered awaiting a signal to meet at the location. Because shade was at a premium, many gathered under the pavilion in an effort to stay cool.
At the appointed time, our host blew a whistle and we gathered next to the platform. Our host welcomed us and described what we hope would happen in the next few minutes. Due to the large group, the youth at the event were invited to stand on the platform first.
The weight of the youth was enough to get the statue to move. As you can see in the video, the fins moved into a different position. Some of the participants were disappointed that the sculpture did not do more, but this Examiner was happy with the outcome.
We had to wait a few minutes for the fins to reset, but another group stepped on the platform and got the fins to move also.
A quick group photo and the event was over. Our hosts placed three new caches in the park and the groups went off to find them.
Video from the event is found here. http://centennialstategeocaching.com/csg-show-36-twocs-weigh-yourself-flash-mob-event/
I also had the chance to visit with the Longmont Examiner, Be sure to check out her articles.
Thanks to -TwoCs- for hosting this fun event.
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