While frustration, vitriol, and legal-to-open-carry guns swirl throughout protests around the Republican National Convention, four anonymous artists also swirl, a rare expression bereft of words, opinions, or agendas. Strutting sporadically in the background of RNC coverage by The Atlantic, the Akron Beacon Journal, and other media outlets, the quartet are a refreshing break from the political tension. The dancers, "appeared to be downtown merely to evoke in the crowds a feeling of whimsy," according to The Atlantic reporter Conor Friedersdorf. In this Instagram photo captured by Mark Davis, they look like characters from Fantasia made flesh, come to soothe those tired of quipping, screaming, and arguing with each other for a week straight.
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