Sea of Hull artist gets hundreds to strip naked for new artwork

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Sea of Hull artist gets hundreds to strip naked for new artwork

Hundreds of volunteers have stripped bare for another one of Spencer Tunick’s artwork.

More than 200 people took part in a socially distanced art installation in London’s Alexandra Palace, the brainchild of the US artist.

Tunick, who is known for his images of naked people taken all over the world, was the man behind the “spectacular” Sea of Hull artwork four years ago, where 3,200 stripped off for the naked art project in the streets of Hull city centre.

For his latest piece, Tunick said that creating the work was“liberating and life-affirming” and that the installation was “about breaking down barriers”.

“The reality of masses of people close together – shoulder to shoulder, skin touching skin – may be something of the past for now, but still the desire is there for that natural connectivity, perhaps more so now than ever,” the photographer said.

Participants gathered in the early hours standing at least one metre apart and had temperature checks on arrival when they took part in the installation, photographed on Saturday,organisers said.

It has been billed as “the UK’s first major participatory work of art since lockdown”.

Entitled Everyone Together, it was supported by Sky Arts to mark the channel now being available on Freeview and Freesat.

Sky Arts director Phil Edgar Jones said: “To celebrate Sky Arts becoming free for everyone, we wanted to create a landmark cultural moment that invited participation in a Covid-safe fashion and demonstrated to the wider public that art is at its most essential when it is for – and about – everybody.

“While the pandemic has presented challenges to the cultural sector, we’ve also seen a great deal of innovation in the arts, and thousands of people have created their own artworks or reconnected with their artistic abilities.

“The sense that the arts is for a self-selecting group of people is disappearing, and that can only be a good thing.”

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