Over 5,000 Aussies Pose Nude for Mass Photo Shoot

by VR Sreeraman on  March 1, 2010 at 5:01 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
Over 5,000 naked people braved a chilly morning to join a mass photo shoot at Sydney's Opera House on Monday, putting a nude twist on the Australian landmark.
 Over 5,000 Aussies Pose Nude for Mass Photo Shoot
Over 5,000 Aussies Pose Nude for Mass Photo Shoot

People of all ages, shapes and sizes assembled on the shell-shaped building's steps before dawn for renowned American artist Spencer Tunick, who photographed them with hands raised, lying down and embracing.

The event, titled "The Base", drew double the expected turnout and was timed to coincide with Sydney's annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday.

"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," Tunick said.

About half of the 5,200 models were also photographed inside the concert hall.

The artist is well known for his mass-nude art installations, drawing thousands of people to dozens of events all over the world.

"I thought it would be all old people and nudists, but everyone's here. It's great," student Art Rush, 19, told national news agency AAP.

"I'll never get a chance to do this again, it's not worth being inhibited. It doesn't feel sexual, it just feels tribal, a gathering of humanity."

Anna Bruce, 28, said shedding her clothes seemed "really normal".

"It was easier than I expected, it was really normal, there was no problem with getting our kit off," she said.

Scott Faulder, 19, said the installation was "just another excuse to get naked".

Source: AFP

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