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A photo artist, known for a touch of the bizarre and often incorporating nude figures on a grand scale, is planning to commemorate the opening of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
New York-based Spencer Tunick is calling for 100 women to pose nude, each holding a mirrored disc at sunrise in Cleveland on July 17, the day before the opening of the convention.
Interested? Send a request to take part, along with a photograph and contact information to his website. WARNING: If nudity offends you, don’t bother going there.
This isn’t Tunick’s first foray into Cleveland. In 2004 he photographed 2,500 men and women on the East Ninth Street pier.
Although Tunick was disturbed by what the thought was misogynist rhetoric from front-runner Donald Trump, he said the work shouldn’t be thought of as a protest but rather to show the importance “progressive” women will play in politics this season.
“Maybe I want it to be a work that women can be part of, maybe to heighten the idea that women will decide the outcome of this election and will have a more powerful presence in the future of politics, the future of the country, and the future of the world,” he told Cleveland Scene. “It’s not so much a protest but an action, a wake-up call to the absurdity of politics and discrimination.”
He said that the photograph will be taken on private property to avoid legal complications, such as the one he had in New York City when Rudy Giuliani was mayor.
Tunick also told the publication the significance of 100 nude women holding mirrored discs at sunrise.
“The photograph will involve 100 nude women holding large mirror discs, reflecting the knowledge and wisdom of progressive women and the concept of ‘Mother Nature’ into and onto the convention center, cityscape and horizon of Cleveland. The philosophy of the artwork relates to the idea of the sacred feminine. By holding mirrors, we hope to suggest that women are a reflection and embodiment of nature, the sun, the sky and the land. We want to express the belief that we will rely upon the strength, intuition and wisdom of progressive and enlightened women to find our place in nature and to regain the balance within it. The mirrors communicate that we are a reflection of ourselves, each other, and of, the world that surrounds us. The woman becomes the future and the future becomes the woman.”
The symbolism will no doubt be crystal clear — at least to the artist, if not the general public.
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