Woolies Rooftop Taken Over By Fresh Nude People
Melburnians brave the cold for Tunick carpark shoot
Hundreds of people have stripped naked on a rooftop in inner Melbourne in the name of art – and in the name of Spencer Tunick, the man whose name, ironically, sounds like two items of clothing.
While most Melburnians were partaking in the ancient Winter art of layering, up to 400 people gasped and squealed as they lay in the buff, wrapped in sheer red cloth, on top of a Woolworths carpark at Prahran early on Monday to pose for the US photographer.
After originally knocking back the photo shoot, Woolworths relented and reversed their ban when Tunick changed the date away from their busy weekend peak.
Chloe Horler said she felt lucky to be part of the 'installation' as a way to help overcome body image issues.
"The human body is a beautiful thing. A lot of the time it is really sexualised and it doesn't have to be," she told reporters after the 15-minute shoot on Monday.
"It is a celebration of who we are. We are all different, but we are all just people."
Melbourne commerce-law student Roshane Wickramathilake hoped his relatives and girlfriend wouldn't see his nude antics, otherwise family dinner might be "a bit embarrassing".
"All the important people involved are away from the TV so I hope it stays that way," Mr Wickramathilake laughed with reporters.
His dad would have a giggle, his mum would be shocked and his sister would pretend she didn't know him, but it was a "once in a lifetime" opportunity, he said.
"There is a lot of body dysmorphia. A lot of people don't feel comfortable in their bodies and it's a good way to say 'you should feel comfortable in your own skin' and 'everyone is beautiful'."
A subsequent 500 people took part in two other Melbourne installations on Monday - at Greville Street and Bromley Ballroom in Prahran - for the New York-based Tunick, who also had a shoot on Sunday, where around 500 people were painted in a variety of bright colours and photographed in a Windsor laneway.
"I worked quickly in order to keep them from freezing and I think I got some beautiful artwork," Tunick said on Monday after his subjects braved temperatures of around 9 degrees Celsius.
"The light wasn't changing, there was a cloud cover that's perfect for me. I was very lucky to have that."
The installations are part of the Provocare Festival in Melbourne's Chapel Street precinct.
Festival director John Lotton said the aim of the event was to "provoke, arouse and challenge" and Tunick's work did exactly that, attracting 12,000 applications, with only 1000 people selected to take part.
So be warned, today in Melbourne there could be up to 11,000 people with a nagging unsatisfied urge to get their gear off in public.
- with AAP
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