The way these bodies lie there—silenced, but living, yet as testaments to what life has been—has always carried an eerie specter of atrocity.
I create shapes and forms with human bodies. It's an abstraction, it's a performance, it's an installation. So I don't care how many people showed up. All I know is that I filled up my space.
I find it amazing that the body is not treated in a matter of fact, relaxed way. It is either idealised or hidden. Happiness, in a way, is found in accepting your own body.
Amidst his many guises, the photographer, installation and performance artist, the man who is part showbiz part shaman, Tunick perhaps offers us a chance to escape, even if temporarily, this life of anxiety.
The body represents beauty, love and peace. There was a lot of beauty and energy in the people today.
It never ceases to amaze me when ordinary people get into the spirit of what I'm doing. It's pivotal to my art.
For me, the nude body is like a raw material...another artist might use oil or clay. I love the fact that, en masse, it can be turned into an infinite number of shapes or abstractions, while the setting I choose...rural, urban, indoors or out...is like a canvas.
It is possible that in our naked form, in our deformed, that we are not only exposing our vulnerability, our skin, our scars, our flaws, and our genitals. But we also are exposing our secrets.
From civic center to alpine glacier, man and woman are returned to a preindustrial, pre-everything state of existence.SEE MORE
A total of 25 people showed up to pose on that remarkable early morning, naked and brave in front of the UN General Assembly building.SEE MORE
Stephane Janssen, now 80, has been posing nude in public for Spencer Tunick's individual portraits and group installations for the past 15 years.SEE MORE