More than 3000 people gathered in the Hull City Centre on Saturday July 2016, stripped naked and painted themselves blue in the name of art. The artwork was arranged by American Photographer Spencer Tunick famous for his ambitious installations featuring thousands of naked human bodies, and was commissioned by the city’s Ferens Art Gallery for Hull’s UK City of Culture celebrations next year.
Hull was announced the winner of UK City of Culture 2017 in 2013. The award is given every four years to a city that demonstrates the belief in the transformational power of culture.
Spencer Tunick stages scenes in which the battle of nature against culture is played out against various backdrops, from civic center to desert sandstorm, man and woman are returned to a preindustrial, pre-everything state of existence.
This artwork stands a testimony to his artwork to raise awareness about rising sea levels.
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.
Volunteers, who were unpaid, arrived at a meeting point in the city centre at 3am, where they stripped off and helped to paint each other. The crowds were then ordered into position by megaphone by Tunick’s assistants, who he calls “nude wranglers”, during the three-hour photoshoot.
Roads in the city centre were closed between midnight and 10am as the participants, who came in all shapes and sizes, posed in locations that reflected Hull’s maritime history. The New York-based artist had body paints made in four shades of blue taken from the Ferens gallery’s collection.
“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.” – he said.
Source: The Guardian