Spencer Tunick Invites City Of Hull To Get Naked

Photo of Johanna Gill
9 October 2016

Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience — people in Hull are being asked to take part in a mass naked art event, an one-off installation by the internationally renowned New York based photographer Spencer Tunick. ‘Sea of Hull’ will give hundreds of people the opportunity to become part of an artwork and will be unveiled in 2017.

Over the past 20 years, Spencer Tunick has created over 90 art installations in some of the most culturally significant landmarks around the globe, such as the Sydney Opera House, Mexico City or Vienna. His work challenges preconceived opinions of nudity and the culturally charged, and often negative, associations connected with it. After installations in London, Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead, Tunick is now starting his first project in Hull, called ‘Sea of Hull’. The interest in the history of the city as a seafaring centre and its relationship to a maritime past, inspired the artist to create this artwork. To create abstract shapes separating the body from the pavement in dramatic ways; participants will be covered in specially formulated cosmetic body make-up in multiple colours of the sea, positioning themselves in front of Tunick’s camera. The body painted mass of people will construct the idea of a sea of humanity flooding the urban landscape, which is a reflection of Hull’s history; where previously there was water, there are major streets or parks today.

Spencer Tunick Art | © Maegan Tintari / Flickr

It’s the perfect opportunity for anyone interested in art who wants to pose nude but is modest, as the body will still be covered in paint helping participants to overcome their inhibitions. People have the chance to be involved directly in a live performance, that will also temporarily transform the city. The installation will be made in July 2016 and unveiled in 2017, when Hull will hold the title ‘UK City of Culture’. Tunick will invite a select group of participants from the installation to take part in another project the day after in North Lincolnshire.

Spencer Tunick Art | © Maegan Tintari / Flickr

Anyone over 18 years of age who is interested in being part of Spencer Tunick’s artwork in Hull can take part after registering online. In exchange for their involvement, participants will receive a limited edition photograph of the installation.

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