Dare to bare?

You may have heard of Spencer Tunick. Even if his name is not familiar to you, perhaps what he makes his name in would be. In three words.

Group nude installations.

You read me correctly! Quite a good few had been making the headlines in the past couple of years, and I recall reading on BBC news (I check this site just about every morning while munching away at my breakfast) about them, rather in awe of the participants being so comfortable with public nudity that they happily took part in these endeavours. En masse.

Tunick-Greenpeace campaign

Last year’s installation, commissioned by Greenpeace, of “living sculpture” on the glaciers in order to raise awareness of shrinking glaciers due to global warming (or I like to call it global warning) was particularly striking. This is a powerful image of back to nature and reminding everyone that we have an ailing planet on our hands.

Anyway, I digress. Wondering why I am writing this blog entry? Have you guess it yet?

Yup! Tunick is planning Irish installations, not one but two(!) this summer – in Dublin and in Cork. There’s a call for voluntary participation at the moment and you can sign up online via this specially set up website.

Only over 18’s are eligible to volunteer and the installation will be taking place in private enclosed location. I guess that means no sneaking around to take a couple of quick snaps for blogging purposes either. Of course participants are advised not to bring anything of value with them despite the presence of security staff, and they will not be paid for taking part. They will, however, receive a free limited edition print of the particular installation that they’re involved in.

So dare you bare in the name of arts?

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