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Photo: 5,000 People in the Nude in Front of Sydney's Opera House


A carpet of 5,000 nude bodies forms "the base" of the Sydney Opera House in the latest work from photographer Spencer Tunick, shot during the city's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in March, SX News reports:

"Presented by New Mardi Gras, it was one of several installations captured on the day with images also set in the venue’s Concert Hall and neighbouring Royal Botanic Gardens. An extra installation took place at Lady Bay Beach the following day featuring New Mardi Gras members. Every participant will receive a limited edition print. 'We’re thrilled to reveal the premier image of The Base,' said NMG CEO Michael Rolik, CEO. 'Not only did the 5,000 participants enjoy a wonderful experience of taking part in a Spencer Tunick artwork, but the ideas of equality the image evokes are central to the reason we celebrate Mardi Gras.'”

Another image, shot at Lady Bay Beach in Sydney, can be viewed here.

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  1. Wait, are there any black people or other people of color in any of this guy's photographs?

    Posted by: Andalusian Dog | Aug 2, 2010 9:45:22 AM

  2. Nothing at all against nudity or the art, but it just looks like lots of crawfish to me. Yucky.

    Posted by: 2cents | Aug 2, 2010 11:36:54 AM

  3. i second the sentiment of A D - a little diversity in an image that is meant to evoke "ideas of equality" would be appreciated

    Posted by: Matthew | Aug 2, 2010 11:56:24 AM

  4. It's Australia, not Los Angeles...

    Most Sydneyites are either ex-Brits or Asian.

    Posted by: Ted B. | Aug 2, 2010 12:20:35 PM

  5. crawfish indeed. eugh.

    Posted by: Allan | Aug 2, 2010 1:52:42 PM

  6. I absolutely LOVE this guy's artwork.

    Posted by: Stephen | Aug 2, 2010 2:25:31 PM

  7. most people - whites included -- just can't wait to take off their clothes in public -- fine by me!

    Posted by: David B. 2 | Aug 2, 2010 2:35:35 PM

  8. As someone who is in that photograph I can attest to the fact that it was an amazing experience for everyone involved.
    Bravo to those who love being naked and to Photographer Tunick for his artistic vision.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Aug 2, 2010 2:48:46 PM

  9. Nothing here really seems artistic, per se. I mean, he got lots of people to lay naked and took photos. I guess I'm just missing the 'art' portion of this little stunt.

    Posted by: Drew | Aug 2, 2010 5:51:00 PM

  10. gross

    Posted by: k | Aug 3, 2010 12:34:07 AM

  11. Very impressed b y the organisation of this event ^^

    Posted by: Nude Beauties & Fashion Girls | Aug 26, 2010 3:41:50 PM

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