More than 1500 Venezuelans shed their clothes on the avenue Bolivar in downtown Caracas, Sunday, March 19, 2006 to pose for American photographer Spencer Tunick, forming a human mosaic in front of a national symbol: a statue of independence hero Simon Bolivar.
For the volunteers, being part of Tunick’s art meant letting go of inhibitions and enduring a two-hour series of sometimes uncomfortable positions on the pavement. They posed standing, lying down and on their knees as the warm Caribbean sun emerged on the eastern horizon.
Spencer Tunick, an artist from Brooklyn, N.Y., has photographed and filmed masses of people in the nude in dozens of public places from Finland to Australia.
The artist, who has been arrested multiple times while shooting in the United States, said he was happy to have darker-skinned subjects. Most Venezuelans are considered mestizo, a mix of Spanish, African and indigenous bloodlines that gives many a brown skin tone.
Tunick said each volunteer will receive a print of the installation.