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Old 01.03.2010, 18:32
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5,200 Australians strip for art's sake

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5,200 Australians strip for art's sake

There were all shapes and sizes – the large and the small, the young and the old, and even a heavily pregnant woman who had re-scheduled the birth of her twins so she could take part.

But the one thing the 5,200-odd people who posed for the American artist Spencer Tunick at the Sydney Opera House earlier today had in common was that they were all totally naked. Thousands had gathered just before dawn on Monday, a mild and overcast first day of autumn, to take part in the shoot by the renowned (and controversial) photographer at one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks. Titled Mardi Gras: The Base, the shoot was commissioned by Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival.
As the sun rose, Tunick instructed participants – many of who were clapping and cheering to support each other – to do a number of poses on the steps of the famous Sydney landmark, from standing up, lying down, and even embracing cheek to cheek, for over an hour.

"I want all couples to embrace and kiss, all friends to kiss and all strangers to do whatever they want," Tunick said as he directed the crowd.
Tunick’s art is so popular it seems participants will do anything to take part. Sydney couple Amanda and Chris Burke postponed the birth of their twins so they would not miss out on being in a Tunick photograph.
“As soon as we’ve had our picture, we will be running for a taxi,” Ms Burke told the Sun Herald newspaper in Sydney as she was photographed holding her enormously pregnant nude stomach. "We've always admired Spencer’s work so we’re willing to put anything on hold – including the birth of our twins.”

Many participants said they were surprised at how asexual the shoot was, despite the thousands of nude bodies congregating in one place, and others found it liberating. Student, Art Rush, 19, said he thought it would be “all old people and nudists”, but was thrilled to participate. "I'll never get a chance to do this again, it's not worth being inhibited,'' Mr Rush said. "It doesn't feel sexual, it just feels tribal, a gathering of humanity.”
Steven Anglier, who wore a wig so he could stand out in the photo, agreed. "I thought it could be a bit awkward, but it's funny because when you're naked and everybody else is naked, you feel like you're dressed, because everybody looks the same," he said. "It's really a weird experience because you think there could be something sexual behind, but there's not."

Tunick, 43, says his work is not about exhibitionism or eroticism but instead reveals the vulnerability of life in a rough city landscape. However sometimes authorities have disagreed, particularly in the US, where Tunick has been arrested seven times. Tunick has been documenting the nude figure in public through photography and video since 1992 and has hosted up to 100 installations involving thousands of naked people in countries around the world including the US, Britain, Brazil, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, France and Holland. His largest work to date involved 18,000 people posing in Mexico City in 2007.

The Opera House shoot was Tunick’s first installation in Sydney, but he has worked in Australia before, capturing 4,500 people posing nude in Melbourne in 2001. Tunick said today’s installation “went well”. “I’m just so lucky to be able to work with so many naked gay, straight and transgender people,” he said.
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Old 01.03.2010, 18:45
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Re: 5,200 Australians strip for art's sake

I suggest we reciprocate this kind gesture with a photo of our own at the next weekend drinks.

Plus I think someone recently told me that nudity is not illegal in CH, true?

Who's up for it? I've seen plenty of people on here with good photography equipment.
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Old 01.03.2010, 18:46
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Re: 5,200 Australians strip for art's sake

I did this when Spencer Tunik first came to Australia about 10 years ago. At the time we had around 4000 of us all naked doing the Mexican wave along the banks of the Yarra River.

The thing that stands out for me was how few 'perfect bodies' there really are... and how ginger pubes can get!

I still have a signed picture of the event on my hallway wall...
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i did this when spencer tunik first came to australia....the thing that stands out for me was
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..... and even a heavily pregnant woman who had re-scheduled the birth of her twins so she could take part. .....
Doesn't nature control birth anymore?
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