Hundreds of naked art-enthusiasts brave chilly weather to gather for shoot with US photographer

Hundreds of people have bared their private parts in frosty conditions in the name of art.

About 500 converged in Melbourne Monday morning for the second of US artist Spencer Tunick’s mass nude photo shoots for the Provocare Festival of the Arts.

Temperatures hovered around nine degrees as hundreds made their way towards the Prahran Woolworths rooftop carpark, on Chapel Street in the inner city. 

The Chapel Street Precinct Association invited the famed artist to photograph from the location, to showcase the sprawling city landscape as a backdrop. 

Tunick, based in New York, has made a name for himself by photographing people nude in public places, including at the Sydney Opera House in 2010.

There was a spectacle of male and female bodies clad in transparent red material Monday morning, posing with outstretched arms and facing front-on. 

Bodies of all shapes and sizes were on display for the installation aptly named Return of the Nude.  

More than 10,000 people applied, hoping to be part of the controversial artist’s work, but due to space limitations only a fraction were accepted. 

Naked bodies painted in bright colours formed the first of Tunick’s photo shoots which unfolded Sunday afternoon on the graffiti-lined Artists Lane in Windsor.

Tunick promised to work fast for the sake of his nude participants.

‘When people are naked and it’s cold, I work as if I feel like there are police behind me trying to arrest me,’ he said earlier.

One participant Anlyana Karolyn said it was a ‘liberating’ and surprisingly comfortable experience.

‘No one cares you’re naked when you’re all naked,’ she wrote on Instragram.

‘Laying naked in body paint on the cold concrete with 500 strangers is more comfortable than a peak-hour train.’

     

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