A thousand disrobe at Dead Sea for nude installation

September 17, 2011 09:40


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About a thousand naked Israelis and tourists between the ages of 18 and 77 – most men, participated in a nude installation at the Dead Sea at dawn on Saturday.

The southern odyssey is the culmination of the highly controversial “Naked Sea” project of American nude installation designer and photographer-videographer Spencer Tunick, who said he was inspired by the region’s beauty and was interested in drawing attention to the need to preserve the body of water.

Initially envisioned by Tunick and his friend, Tel Aviv resident Ari Fruchter, the project faced much protest against the nudity that the artwork entailed, with particularly vocal and ongoing criticism from Shas MK Nissim Ze’ev. Tunick has been photographing and videotaping nude installations since 1992, and since 1994 has designed 75 temporary, site-specific installations all over the world, many of which have been to promote social causes, according to his website.

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