In 2007, the Washington Post staged a social experiment in an arcade outside of a Washington DC Metro subway station. Managers were interested in context, perception and priorities so they strategically placed a 39 year-old violin player, wearing a baseball hat, T-shirt and jeans, in a location bristling with people on their way to work.
Would passersby notice the man? Would they stop to take in his performance? Would they find the classical music he was playing appealing? Here are the results:
- 1,907 people walked by.
- 7 people stopped for at least one minute.
- He played six 6 classical pieces for 43 minutes and received $52.17 in donations.