Thousands to pose nude outside Sydney Opera House

Famous U.S. photographer Spencer Tunick seeks Australians willing to pose naked on the steps of the Sydney Opera House

As far as appeals go, this one is not for the faint hearted. Famous U.S. photographer Spencer Tunick is appealing for volunteers to strip naked on the steps of the Sydney Opera House in the name of art.

Tunick has asked for at least 2,000 people to pose in the buff outside one of the world’s most famous landmarks. The shoot will coincide with the city’s annual gay and lesbian Mardi Gras on the 1st of March.

The photographer, famous for his elaborate nude photo shoots, admits that he did consider the more conventional location of Sydney’s Bondi Beach, but decided it was too big.

The photo will be called The Base. Tunick says: ‘In a way, I’m making a base structure, a base for the architecture – and by combining straight and gay and lesbian people I’m weaving the different sexes and society together to form this wonderful fabric that holds up this gorgeous building.’

He believes that the naked human body is not sexual in this context, but reveals it’s vulnerability in the face of a rough landscape.

What do you think about this latest project? Is this art, exhibitionism or simply eroticism? Marie Claire would like to hear your thoughts by posting a comment below.

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