The Naked Art of Spencer Tunick
Photographer 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
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 easily
His website allows visitors to sign up to be photographed, and
gives details of his next major nude installation.
News Articles and Photos
up as Barcelona celebrates record-breaking photo - The
Tunick in Spain - photos, The Age
Canadians strip for 'Naked Pavement' photo - Ananova
Tunick - review and photo, SMH
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