Volunteers bare everything except their faces for coronavirus-themed Spencer Tunick artwork 


Not masking their nudity! Volunteers bare everything except their faces on hill overlooking central London for coronavirus-themed Spencer Tunick artwork

  • The gathering of 220 people took place at London’s Alexandra Palace at dawn  
  • Socially distanced artwork was created to mark Sky Arts channel becoming free
  • Project is the first major work of art for US artist Spencer Tunick since lockdown

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Volunteers have stripped naked – apart from their face masks – for a socially distanced art installation. 

More than 200 people took part in the gathering, the brainchild of American artist Spencer Tunick at London’s Alexandra Palace. 

The artist, who is known for his images of groups of naked people taken all over the world, said that creating the work was ‘liberating and life-affirming’. 

Some 220 volunteers have stripped naked – apart from their masks – for a socially distanced art installation at London’s Alexandra Palace

American artist Spencer Tunick who is known for his images of groups of naked people taken all over the world, said that creating the work was 'liberating and life-affirming'

American artist Spencer Tunick who is known for his images of groups of naked people taken all over the world, said that creating the work was ‘liberating and life-affirming’

The artist is best known for bringing hundreds -- and sometimes thousands -- of participants together to pose for striking mass nude photographs

The artist is best known for bringing hundreds — and sometimes thousands — of participants together to pose for striking mass nude photographs

The installation, assembled in the early hours, was ‘about breaking down barriers’, he said.

‘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 added. 

A total of 220 people posed nude as they stood at least one metre apart and had their temperature checked on arrival to ensure they were covid safe. 

The volunteers bared all outside iconic London landmark Alexandra Palace for the early morning photoshoot

The volunteers bared all outside iconic London landmark Alexandra Palace for the early morning photoshoot

No arms done: The models lie on the grassy bank overlooking central London as US artist Tunick photographs them

No arms done: The models lie on the grassy bank overlooking central London as US artist Tunick photographs them

No backing out: 220 volunteers in total took part in the dawn photoshoot outside London's Alexandra Palace

No backing out: 220 volunteers in total took part in the dawn photoshoot outside London’s Alexandra Palace

The models each raise an arm for one of Tunick's pictures, which will feature in a Sky Arts documentary due to air this year

The models each raise an arm for one of Tunick’s pictures, which will feature in a Sky Arts documentary due to air this year

Got to hand it to them: The models strike another pose in unison for Spencer Tunick, who has been photographing crowds of nudes around the world since 1994

Got to hand it to them: The models strike another pose in unison for Spencer Tunick, who has been photographing crowds of nudes around the world since 1994

The socially distanced artwork was created to mark the Sky Arts channel becoming free from 17th September.  

Tunick said it had been liberating and life-affirming to be invited by Sky Arts to create Everyone Together, which invites the public to participate, becoming not just a viewer but a collaborator.  

The artist is best known for bringing hundreds — and sometimes thousands — of participants together to pose for striking mass nude photographs.

The Everyone Together project was created to mark the Sky Arts channel becoming free from 17th September

The latest project is the first major participatory work of art for US artist Spencer Tunick since Covid lockdown in March.

The latest project is the first major participatory work of art for US artist Spencer Tunick since Covid lockdown in March.

Back in the wild: Spencer Tunick has been creating nude installations on the internet during lockdown but has now returned to photo sessions in public places

Back in the wild: Spencer Tunick has been creating nude installations on the internet during lockdown but has now returned to photo sessions in public places

Crack of dawn: The volunteers got up early for the photoshoot on the grassy banks in front of Alexandra Palace in London

Crack of dawn: The volunteers got up early for the photoshoot on the grassy banks in front of Alexandra Palace in London

The socially distanced artwork was created to mark the Sky Arts channel becoming free from 17th September

The socially distanced artwork was created to mark the Sky Arts channel becoming free from 17th September

Previous installations have seen him transform sites like the Sydney Opera House into seas of exposed bodies, all in the name of art.

The latest project is the first major participatory work of art for the US artist since lockdown in March. 

It saw him asking groups of face mask-wearing participants to strip down and assume coordinated poses before he captured them in single collage-style screenshots. 

With Covid-19 sending him into lockdown in New York, Tunick has had to find a new medium for his work: video conferences.  

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