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article image5,200 people bare all in nudity installation in Sydney, Australia

By R. C. Camphausen     Mar 1, 2010 in Entertainment
One of the largest crowds ever roused by artist Spencer Tunick took off all their clothes in front of the Sidney Opera House. Although the event was part of the city's gay pride festival, many straight people also joined.
Photographs of the event can be found all over the Internet, yet the UK Guardian has a video recording published today.
Spencer Tunick, a camera-shy person himself, said he's delighted with the large turn-out. In all his previous work, he was only able to gather more than 3,000 people about 10 times.
Tunick, who sees himself as an artist creating live installations rather than as a photographer, could be heard directing the crowd with commands like "lie down", "head's up" and "stop smiling" in order to get the shots just right in front of the Sydney Opera House.
In an interview with the BBC, Tunick said:
"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."
The BBC goes on to describe the event as follows:
More than 5,000 men and women shed their clothing - people of all ages, shapes and sizes, who were undeterred by the chilly pre-dawn weather on this, the first morning of the southern autumn.
The artist also spoke about the difficulties some people had when they were asked to embrace total strangers while naked, knowing their sexual preferences were often different from their own.
The Independent put this particular issue in focus when it printed another quote from the interview, saying:
"It was difficult to get the straight participants to embrace the gay participants and vice versa," Tunick said. "So I was very happy that that last set up finally got done and everyone came together (in a) united, friendly kiss, a loving kiss in front of this great structure."
It is too early to see large versions of these images on the artist's website, but there are images from the famous Mexico City installations as well as the very beautiful ones from Amsterdam.
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