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Taking your clothes off in the name of art isn't for everyone. But newsoz put aside any hesitations about being nude in public and participated in a massive Spencer Tunick photo shoot at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. She even iReported about her experience after the fact. Tunick is a photographer known for taking pictures of massive amounts of naked people in public places. "Rather than have a sexual component, the pieces can take on an eerie, sometimes somber note," newsoz explains. "Fans of the artist marvel at the logistics of getting thousands of people to strip off their clothes and pose still, all in the name of art."
The project was part of the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney, but newsoz says people were there for a variety of reasons. One woman was there to allay her midlife crisis, while newsoz and her husband were ringing in their 25th wedding anniversary. The process of going through the photo shoot with more than 5,000 adults "of all shapes and sizes" was less daunting than liberating, she said.
"The whole time my husband and I were laughing our heads off, saying we could not believe we were doing this, especially smack in the middle of one of the world's most iconic landmarks. It felt safely rebellious and at the same time had that feeling of safety in numbers; there were a few 'perfect' bodies but for the most part, we were all normal no matter how big, small or whatever. This was collective courage. We were all in it together."
I attended the Spencer Tunick installation in Cleveland, Ohio. It was powerfully moving to get five thousand naked people to frolic in the 45 degree (Fahrenheit) pre-dawn air. What a unique an memorable experience.
LMAO! I could only imagine the "loose parts" flailing around. How gross.
Note to self: Don't sit on chairs at Sydney Opera House.
Dlishh, MAYBE YOU SHOULD NOT LOOK THEN IF YOUR THAT HUNG-UP.. I think something like this is really great. It doesn't matter if your fat tall short skinny. Who cares, Something like this goes alot deeper than what the body looks like... I would do it in a minute...
Oh here comes all the kids to make comments...and their buddies from under the rocks......
Dlishh, wha tis gross about the human body? "loose parts flailing around", that is what make us all up. Remember what had to take place for you to even be here.
Sounds interesting....How does a guy control a natural body reaction to the visuals..I would be too embarassed and self conscience. I guess this is better than jumping into a frezzing cold ocean!
Tunick's a douche bag...
dennycrane22 - as I understand it (never having been in the situation) the sheer amount of bodies of both genders and all sizes renders the experience completely non-sexual. You wouldn't have a 'natural body reaction' any more than any other random time. ;-) though that depends on you!
I think it is great. I think I would be too self-conscience to do it, but I would like the opportunity to try it. The human body is the greatest "machine" we should not be so embarrassed or shameful of it. At 45 degree temps, I doubt there were any loose parts in the first place.
Iconic, historic, legendary and heroic have become grossly overused. But why stop there? A mere seven years after it was built, we have "one of the world's most iconic landmarks." Next year it will also be the most historic. And of course architect Utzon will be the most legendary.
Freelance7, well it has won just about every architecture award out there. And it was built in 1973, which makes is 37, not 7.
If you think sitting on someone's toilet is gross!! Asses before me? I don't think so.
I was there and it was amazing. No sexual puns just people talking, laughing, and enjoying being party of this moment. Would definitly do again.
I stand corrected as to dates. It was in 2003 that Utzon received the Pritzker award. I still have never heard the Chrysler Building, Big Ben, the late World Trade Center, the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, etc. described as "one of the most iconic." "An icon" suffices.
Freelance7, you need to get out more. Besides the fact that the Chrysler Building, Big Ben, the World Trade Center, the Statue of Liberty AND the Eiffel Tower have all been described as being part of the "most iconic" structures of the world numerous times , to say that any building that was nearly one of the new 7 wonders of the world (and yes, Sydney Opera House was one) is not "iconic" in some fashion is ridiculous.
Hilarious!! I would so do it. Lets do one here in the US.
It was fun a couple of years ago in Dusseldorf, Germany...
goodadvice, you need to read more. I never said the Opera House was not iconic; I'm merely bothered by the hyperbole. I've seen all on that short list except the Eiffel Tower and the Opera House, and am currently renewing my passport. The Eiffel Tower is low on my list of travel priorities. Hyperbole has become the norm with media and advertising. When individuals speak the same it's nauseating. Yes, SOME of those buildings are on lists of the "most iconic buildings," lists dated within the last two years. Then again, I found out today that crunchy peanut butter no longer exists; every brand is now extra ultimate super premium crunchy. I prefer crunchy.
PEEWWW, you smell that?
I attended the Houston 620.
This is only a big deal to conservatives. I have been to a nude beach numerous times with hundreds of others and after five minutes no one notices anything because it becomes normal. Puritan ethics are for the less than smart. More intelligent cultures don't have a hard time with nudity. Natural is normal. Anything else is just stupid.
Oh boy, more "art". I'm tired of "artists" using the giggle (or shock) factor of nudity under the guise of artistic expression. Isn't it a bit juvenile? How many "artists" flaunt multitudes of paintings of naked women? "hehe a naken woman". We get it. Move on, "artists". @palmpear, you mention it's only a big deal to the conservatives. Well it would seem it's he ones involved who are doing so because it's a "big deal" to them and they get their giggles or whatnot out of it. I would just as soon tell those involved to "get over it" (the nudity) as I would those opposed to the exhibit.
I would most definitely get aroused by seeing naked/nude bodies. The turn-on for me is automatic and creating conversation with a hard-on penis, would have some impact on whom I would be conversing with. However, would there be any hankies available to help me out? LOL
When I was a single man, I went with a girlfriend to a private clothing-optional resort she was a member of. At first, my natural male reaction was tall and pround, but as Palmpear indicated, nobody really paid any attention, and things subsided after a bit, and the day turned out to be really relaxing and enjoyable. Except for the sunburn.
This is an iReport, by a CNN user that attended the event, correct? Where did they hide their camera/cell phone in order to take this photo? Hmm... I wonder...
"Au naturale?" What language is that? In French, it would be "au naturel."
Oh, and who's the guy with the blue shirt?
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