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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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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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1,800 Clutch Balls for Spencer Tunick in Vienna


Spencer Tunick, the master of the mass nude photo, hit Vienna, Austria over the weekend, photographing nearly 2,000 people in Happel Stadium. Tunick said he hoped to capture "the spirit of sports, the grand sweeping waves of stadium architecture and the abstract relation of the human form to modern structures."

No word on whether or not Austria's skin-lovin' national rugby team took part in the shot.

Two more shots AFTER THE JUMP (possibly NSFW)...

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