Spencer Tunick Invades Sydney With Nude Army

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It was apparently a cold day in Sydney, Australia today. In all the ways you might imagine we mean.

Photographer/nude-ographer Spencer Tunick is back in Australia and, this time, he's got an army of 5,200 people with him to storm the world-renowned Sydney Opera House.

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"It doesn't feel sexual, it just feels tribal - a gathering of humanity.

"I thought it would be all old people and nudists, but everyone here is great."

Advertising creative director Adam Sutherland, 46, said he had not yet decided whether to tell his employees, while nurse Nerida Grant, 27, said she wouldn't miss it for anything, saying: "I love [Tunick's] art work, it's fun."

"We weren't quite expecting the 'embrace' part but it was good.

[Whoops. Sorry about that.]

"It's not every day you get to be naked on the steps of the Opera House." [SMH]

...but it should be, should it not? Mardi Gras: The Base, as today's installation has been dubbed by its artist, is the kind of transcendent experience that people are really missing on today while their noses are buried in technology and the Great Disconnect. As Tunick put it to the media: "Gay men and women lay naked next to their straight neighbours and this delivered a very strong message to the world that Australians embrace a free and equal society."

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The embrace that participant was talking about, by the way, was for one photograph in which Tunick asked everyone to pair up and hug their neighbor, regardless of their own sexual orientation and the neighbor's gender.

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Commentarium (13 Comments)

Mar 01 10 - 11:36am
TwL

Everyone looks so confident.

Mar 01 10 - 11:46am
Dan

I've followed his work for a couple years and have been honestly unimpressed until now. But the Sydney Opera House seems exactly right for this.

Mar 01 10 - 11:59am
Luke

I saw the documentary on him, "Naked World"; I love how the WORST group he had to deal with was the nudists... they were all attention-whoring goofs mugging for the camera who wouldn't take direction.

Mar 01 10 - 2:45pm
ProfRobert

He's a guy with exactly one idea. But that puts him infinitely far ahead of "artists" with zero ideas.

Mar 01 10 - 4:17pm
CL

I don't see how this is a "free" and "equal" society when the predominate skin colour is white, and these are mostly 35+ people. Perhaps it should say something about the liberation of sagginess of this particular demographic?

Mar 01 10 - 4:22pm
Brian Fairbanks

CL, it doesn't have quite the same effect in, say, cultures where women walk around topless as a matter of daily routine, does it?

Mar 02 10 - 6:56am

looks cold!

Mar 02 10 - 2:10pm
CL

For sure.

Mar 02 10 - 6:26pm

Does Brian Fairbanks live in Australia? You think we walk around topless as a matter of daily routine?? WTF!!

Mar 03 10 - 5:05am
anymonus

this is about wta nakedness is nucense

Apr 02 10 - 5:40pm
michaela

Thats just Bull Shit

Mar 31 11 - 8:09am
The Crow

Stupydyyyyyy work.....

Mar 23 12 - 9:31am
Arya

What the hell.........go to hell........?