The Naked Art of Spencer Tunick
and artist Spencer Tunick
is making a living out of photographing public nudity. His art
involves organising thousands of naked volunteers, often into
complicated shapes (or "installations"), so he can
take photographs. These events occur in major cities, often
early in the morning before too many people are around. A few
weeks beforehand he puts the world out that he needs volunteers
to get naked and lie around for a few hours. The series is called
"Naked Pavement." He has been arrested numerous times,
mostly in New York City.
Each Naked Pavement installation seems to be bigger than the
last. In 2001 in Melbourne Australia he had 4000 people line
up along the Yarra river. And in Spain 7000 people lay naked
on the streets of Barcelona in June 2003. The scale of his work
can be breathtaking.
Spencer has also done photographs of single nudes, often in
dramatic circumstances. His website features a photo of a naked
man from Buenos Aires standing in front of revolutionary graffiti,
a naked woman standing next to a glacier, and a gaunt nude man
on a stairway in Italy.
Spencer says his displays of public nudity aren't about sex
at all, and that when so many naked figures are gathered together
they become abstractions "that challenge or preconfigure
one's views of nudity and privacy".
Over the past couple of years his nude events have become incredibly
popular, with more and more volunteers turning up each time.
For them it's an exercise in self-exploration (and also a physical
trial: often the temperatures are close to freezing). Many have
never been publicly nude before, so getting undressed and being
surround by thousands of other naked people is one they won't
His website allows visitors to sign up to be photographed, and
gives details of his next major nude installation.
Related Articles and Photos
up as Barcelona celebrates record-breaking photo - The Guardian
Tunick in Spain - photos, The Age
Canadians strip for 'Naked Pavement' photo - Ananova
Tunick - review and photo, SMH
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