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Spencer Tunick Unveils His Latest Mass Nude Artwork

Hundreds brave the cold in Australia in the name of art.

Spencer Tunick’s medium is the nude, or, to be more precise, naked people. The controversial American photographer, known for his site-specific shoots featuring crowds of unclothed humans, launched his latest project this week in Melbourne, Australia, where a group of a few hundred participants braved frigid temperatures to pose on the rooftop of a supermarket for the artist. [WARNING: The images below contain nudity.]

More than 12,000 people applied to take part in the latest artwork, from which a couple hundred were selected. Michael Dodge/Getty Images More than 12,000 people applied to take part in the latest artwork, from which a couple hundred were selected. For the shoot, which took place on Monday, the participants were covered only in a transparent red fabric. Michael Dodge/Getty Images For the shoot, which took place on Monday, the participants were covered only in a transparent red fabric. They posed lying on the concrete both covered and uncovered. Michael Dodge/Getty Images They posed lying on the concrete both covered and uncovered.

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The rooftop photo shoot is part of a project called &quot;Return of the Nude&quot; taking place at the city&#39;s Provocaré arts festival. Quinn Rooney/Getty Images The rooftop photo shoot is part of a project called "Return of the Nude" taking place at the city's Provocaré arts festival. Tunick has <a href="http://www.artnet.com/artists/spencer-tunick/"target="_blank">said</a> that for him, &quot;the nude body is like a raw material,&quot; and that he loves how &quot;en masse, it can be turned into an infinite number of shapes or abstractions.&quot; Regarding the shoot in Melbourne, Tunick (pictured with megaphone) <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-art-tunick/hundreds-of-shivering-australians-get-nude-for-us-photographer-tunick-idUSKBN1JZ063/"target="_blank">told</a> reporters, &quot;I worked quickly in order to keep them not from freezing and I think I got some beautiful artworks.&quot; Michael Dodge/Getty Images Tunick has said that for him, "the nude body is like a raw material," and that he loves how "en masse, it can be turned into an infinite number of shapes or abstractions." Regarding the shoot in Melbourne, Tunick (pictured with megaphone) told reporters, "I worked quickly in order to keep them not from freezing and I think I got some beautiful artworks." Woolworths, the owner of the supermarket whose parking lot was used for the shoot, had initially refused the photographer permission, before eventually relenting following public outcry. Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Woolworths, the owner of the supermarket whose parking lot was used for the shoot, had initially refused the photographer permission, before eventually relenting following public outcry. Temperatures hovered around a brisk 45 degrees Fahrenheit on the day. Michael Dodge/Getty Images Temperatures hovered around a brisk 45 degrees Fahrenheit on the day. Tunick's work is not without controversy, and he has been arrested for staging his installations, which have taken place all around the world. Michael Dodge/Getty Images Tunick's work is not without controversy, and he has been arrested for staging his installations, which have taken place all around the world. One of his more notable previous shoots took place on the shores of the Dead Sea in 2011. Uriel Sinai/Getty Images One of his more notable previous shoots took place on the shores of the Dead Sea in 2011.



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