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Artist Spencer Tunick Will Stage Another Mass Nude Photography Work in Australia

Hundreds of Aussies will volunteer to strip off in the Whitsundays this November
By Libby Curran and Samantha Teague
October 30, 2019
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Artist Spencer Tunick Will Stage Another Mass Nude Photography Work in Australia

Hundreds of Aussies will volunteer to strip off in the Whitsundays this November
By Libby Curran and Samantha Teague
October 30, 2019
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Come November, a whole heap of Aussies will be stripping off on a beach in the Whitsundays as acclaimed New York artist Spencer Tunick returns to Australia to stage the next of his famed mass nude photographs.

It's been 18 years since Australia's first taste of the internationally famed artist's work, when 4500 naked volunteers posed for a snap near Federation Square as part of the 2001 Fringe Festival. Tunick then photographed around 5000 nude people in front of the Sydney Opera House during the 2010 Mardi Gras and returned to Australia just last year to shoot over 800 Melburnians in the rooftop carpark of a Prahran Woolworths. Elsewhere, he's photographed the public painted red and gold outside Munich's Bavarian State Opera, covered in veils in the Nevada desert and covered in blue in Hull in the UK.

Now, the artist is set to return to our shores and his sights are set on the white sands and sparkling blue waters of Whitsundays' Whitehaven Beach. Tunick will assemble another contingent of naked folk this November, for a work titled Sea Earth Change. Interestingly, the shoot is part of The Iconic's (yes, that online clothing store) upcoming summer campaign We Are Human.

Spencer Tunick, Sydney (2010)

Anyone over the age of 18 can get their kit off and get involved — Tunick hopes to have a diverse mix of bodies in the shoot, which will be held on Saturday, November 23. Participants each get a print of the photograph, and, we're sure, a big boost of body confidence. They'll also be invited to the unveiling of the artwork at The Calile Hotel, Brisbane, a few days later. Successful candidates will be notified about a week before the shoot.

The catch here is, of course, the location. If you're not usually located on the tropical Queensland archipelago, you will need to travel there. From Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, you can fly into the Hamilton Island or Whitsunday Coast airports, then take a 60-minute ferry or 30-minute drive, respectively, to Airlie Port Marina. The team will look after your transport from here. It'll be a worthwhile journey, though — as well as being involved in a once-in-a-lifetime photoshoot, you'll also get to visit the second best beach in the world.

Sea Earth Change will be shot on Saturday, November 23 on Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays. You can register to take part here before Thursday, November 14.

Images: Spencer Tunick, Miami (2007) and Burgundy (2009). 

Published on October 30, 2019 by Libby Curran

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