Commuters in Dublin city centre witnessed the bizarre scene of a carefree man in a suit floating on his back down the River Liffey.
And speculation about the unusual scene was rampant after a video was posted online of the moustache wearing man slowly floating through the capital at 7am this morning, Dublin Live reports.
A small support boat slowly followed the backstroking drifter from around 25m behind the middle aged man, who appears not to care about being immersed in the no-doubt cold and not so clean waters.
Mark Malone posted a video to Twitter showing the man float between O’Connell Bridge and the Ha’penny Bridge leading to hundreds of speculative comments from confused and worried viewers.
Several were insistent that it was an art instillation, with others suggested it was being shot as part of a music video, citing a lyric from Radiohead tune How To Disappear Completely that says: “I float down the Liffey.”
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, which led many to surmise that the eye-catching early morning stunt may have been to raise awareness.
One tweet pondered whether the man was trying to demonstrate how to survive if you get into difficulty in deep water, saying it “could be to show how floating in deep water works.”
They said: “If more people knew how to, it could save many lives.”
The videos caught the eye of Rubberbandits star and prolific Twitter user Blindboy Boatclub, who said he was almost certain the man was a performance artist who had taught him in college.
And it would appear that Blindboy was almost right.
A piece of performance art has been commissioned by Dublin City Council for the upcoming Culture Night on September 18.
The piece, called On In-Between, sees visual artist Paul Regan “floating in the drink; feet first towards the bay, the voluntarily procession away from the city to lead me to where… I remember that summer in Dublin, and the Liffey as it stank like hell.”
He explains it in layman’s terms too, saying: “The in-between, drifting and separated; not on north and south sides but of being of the land and in the place where one should not be; the divide — the open artery of evasion. I swam here in my sleep states when the river was clear.”
So there you have it – mystery solved.
You can find out more about more about the 15th edition of Dublin City’s Culture Night here.