Artist Spencer Tunick wants volunteers for a mass nude photo shoot in Sydney

written by Christian Edwards, CNN

Artist Spencer Tunick is once again asking thousands of volunteers to strip down for one of his iconic mass nudity photo shoots.
The American artist returns to Sydney, where in 2010 around 5,500 people descended on the city’s famous Opera House, to stage his next ‘knot installation’, in order to raise awareness of cancer of skin

A meat discovery the crowd wants gather on a Sydney beach on November 26, in a meeting that is half art, half public health campaign.

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Volunteers pose for Tunick on a Swiss glacier. Credit: Spencer Tunick

the photographer has partnered with Skin Check Champions, a charity that runs free educational skin check clinics. The installation will coincide with Australia’s National Skin Cancer Action Week, when Scott Maggs, the charity’s founder, will be asking everyone in the country to get a skin check.

Maggs founded Skin Check Champions in 2010, after his friend Wes Bonny he died of skin cancer at the age of 26. The charity has since received endorsements from businessmen such as Richard Branson, and hopes Tunick’s photos will bring global attention to the disease.

“We aim for a minimum of 2,000 participants to represent the more than 2,000 Australians who die from skin cancer each year,” Maggs said in a press release.

“If the Sydney Opera House can get 5,500 on a cold morning in March 2010, we hope to reach our target of 2,500,” he said. “Everyone is welcome to participate, we welcome all body types, genders and races, with a passion to stop skin cancer.”

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Tunick has done about 100 large-scale nude photos throughout his career. Credit: Spencer Tunick

Tunick said in a statement that it was “an honor to be part of an artistic mission to raise awareness of the importance of skin checks,” adding that he himself will benefit from the campaign, having been persuaded to get his first skin. invoice in 10 years.

While other artists use paint, pastels, charcoal, clay and more, the material that defines Tunick’s work is skin

“I use an amazing variety of body types and skin tones to create my work, so it feels perfectly fitting to participate in this endeavor since my medium is the naked human form,” Tunick said.

Speaking to CNN in May 2020 about his previous shoot, Tunick said, “My job is to bring naked people as close as possible to form an abstraction.”

Tunick uses his art to destigmatize nudity and encourage people to “respect the human body as an art form, like a painting or a sculpture,” he told CNN at the time.

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Installation of the Tunick Central Terminal in Buffalo, New York in 2005. Credit: Spencer Tunick

Tunick has taken about 100 large-scale nude photos in public places around the world, from Munich to Mexico City, where he shot 18,000 nude participants.

But these outbreaks are not easy. As thousands of volunteers strip, city officials have been known to intervene, leading to Tunick’s arrest on several occasions.

Tunick was once caught up in a dispute between the US Supreme Court and then-Mayor Rudi Giuliani of New York, who believed the city would be “irreparably harmed” if one of the shoots took place there.
In 2018, an Australian supermarket chain banned Tunick from filming in the car park of one of its Melbourne stores, a decision that was eventually overturned after a high-profile petition.
The latest installation will be Tunick’s fourth in Australia. Volunteers can sign up for Strip Off for Skin Cancer online.

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