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Nude Photo Shoot at Grand Central Terminal



NEW YORK.- Spencer Tunick is doing his latest nude photo shoot at Grand Central Terminal in New York. He first asked permission for this project to use the New York Public Library and the Museum of Natural History, but both of them rejected him.

Spencer Tunick stated, “I wanted to bring the most beautiful people into the most beautiful building.”

Sunday morning, hundreds of women arrived at around 3 a.m. at the Grand Central Terminal. They were all volunteers. The building was closed to the public for the shoot. The woman took off their clothes and arranged their bodies to look like streets, buildings and cityscapes.

Tunick stated, “In the past, the New York administration considered the body to be a crime, or pornographic. I hope this administration considers the vulnerability of the body." 

Artist Spencer Tunick has been documenting the live nude figure in public, with photography and video, since 1992. Since 1994 he has organized over 65 temporary site-related installations in the United States and abroad. Tunick’s installations encompass dozens, hundreds or thousands of volunteers; and his photographs are records of these events. The individuals en masse, without their clothing, grouped together metamorphose into a new shape. The bodies extend into and upon the landscape like a substance. These grouped masses which do not underscore sexuality become abstractions that challenge or reconfigure one’s views of nudity and privacy. The work also refers to the complex issues of presenting art in a permanent or temporary public spaces.











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