Strip off for art

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SYD­NEY: Amer­i­can pho­tog­ra­pher Spencer Tu­nick is search­ing for thou­sands of Aus­tralians to strip off on the steps of the Syd­ney Opera House in the name of art.

Tu­nick, fa­mous for cap­tur­ing hun­dreds, some­times thou­sands, of naked peo­ple against in­dus­trial or ur­ban back­drops, wants to cre­ate a Syd­ney “in­stal­la­tion”, in­volv­ing up to 2 000 nude vol­un­teers on March 1.

The photo, to be called The Base, will co­in­cide with the city’s gay and les­bian Mardi Gras, which at­tracts par­tic­i­pants and audiences from around the world.

“In a way, I’m mak­ing a base for the ar­chi­tec­ture, and by com­bin­ing straight and gay peo­ple I’m weav­ing the dif­fer­ent sexes and so­ci­ety to­gether to for m this fab­ric that holds up this gor­geous build­ing,” Tu­nick said.

Tu­nick has pro­duced al­most 100 in­stal­la­tions around the world. He says his work is not about ex­hi­bi­tion­ism or eroti­cism, but about the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of life in a rough city land­scape. – Reuters

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