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Thousands Gather for Nude Photo Shoot at Sydney Opera House


Spencer Tunick attracted thousands to the Sydney Opera House just after dawn on Monday morning to form a nude "base" for the structure, in his latest live photo installation, the Sydney Morning Herald reports:

"More than 5000 people have gathered in front of the Sydney Opera House to be photographed nude in the name of art and diversity today...The artist asked his subjects to pose with their hands by their sides, up high above their heads, and even asked all couples in the crowd to embrace, before moving everyone inside to pose in the theatre. This is Mr Tunick's first shoot in Australia after visits to the United States, Brazil, France, England and Austria. The artist said the title of today's installation, Mardi Gras: The Base, referred to the sameness of individuals, regardless of their sexual preferences. '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,' Mr Tunick said."

Getting to that messge wasn't so fluid, however. Added Tunick: "It was difficult to get the straight people to embrace the gay participants ... I was happy we got it in the second set-up."

Video (nsfw) at the SMH...

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  1. Disgusting.

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 28, 2010 5:13:35 PM

  2. I don't get this art. :-(

    Posted by: RP | Feb 28, 2010 5:29:17 PM

  3. Did Lady Gaga go?

    Posted by: rich | Feb 28, 2010 5:44:20 PM

  4. My mates went, but I couldn't get past my naked bum on the dirty steps, so I celebrated equality by having breakfast in Darlinghurst.

    Posted by: Jason | Feb 28, 2010 5:55:12 PM

  5. It was an amazing experience! Fun, welcoming, hilarious, surreal, and bloody cold.

    Posted by: Zakalwe | Feb 28, 2010 6:06:40 PM

  6. Just a correction, this is the second shoot Tunick has done in Australia. About 4,500 people rocked up for a shoot in Melbourne in 2001.

    Posted by: Josh | Feb 28, 2010 6:59:07 PM

  7. Australian's embrace a free and open society? What a bunch of bull! Tunick is stupid or ill-advised. Currently, gays are banned from adopting or getting a marriage or civil union in Sydney. So much for free and open!!!

    Posted by: jason | Mar 1, 2010 12:17:00 AM

  8. So people are comfortable enough with their bodies to lie naked on dirty steps, but they're not secure enough in their own sexuality to embrace a gay person.

    It's a funny world we live in.

    Posted by: Zach | Mar 1, 2010 2:31:02 AM

  9. Tunick is very creative at photographing WHITES. When will he make persons of color more obvious and inclusive?

    Posted by: Pete | Mar 1, 2010 9:16:35 AM

  10. WOW Pete...racist comment.

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Mar 1, 2010 12:37:56 PM

  11. Pete, these people volunteered to do this photo, with nothing in return. Could this be the reason for the overwhelming majority?

    Posted by: Phil | Mar 1, 2010 1:03:46 PM

  12. I wonder how many were laying in cockatoo shit?

    Posted by: Rocco | Mar 1, 2010 4:38:33 PM

  13. "It was difficult to get the straight people to embrace the gay participants ... "

    You don't say? So much for his big pro-diversity statement! Nudity-as-protest is such a stupid idea, anyway.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Mar 1, 2010 4:58:00 PM

  14. this is the second shoot Tunick has done in Australia

    Posted by: independiente | Nov 27, 2010 7:54:53 AM

  15. For year round genuine nudist functions and events in Sydney

    Posted by: Sydney Nudist | May 29, 2012 6:53:21 AM

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