Spencer Tunick Invites Israelis to Disrobe to Save Dead Sea
Spencer Tunick, the artist known for gathering together hundreds of naked volunteers, is asking Israelis to disrobe to raise awareness of the shrinking Dead Sea.
Tunick is going ahead with the project after raising more than $100,000 in an Internet campaign, his Israeli partner Avi Fruchter said, adding that the fundraising was continuing.
The Dead Sea, popular for the restorative powers of its mud baths and mineral waters, is dropping more than three feet (a meter) a year, marine experts said. The drop is caused by the diversion of agricultural and drinking water and dry winters.
U.S.-born Tunick, 44, has photographed large groups of naked people at the Big Chill Festival in the U.K., and cities including London, Amsterdam, Sydney and Buenos Aires. In 2007, together with Greenpeace, 600 volunteers posed naked for him on Europe’s Aletsch glacier to illustrate humanity’s tragic relationship with the climate.
“The environmental impact is alarming and through my work I hope to bring it back to life,” Tunick said in an e-mailed statement, “showcasing the importance of water in this region and creating art with the naked human form that brings world attention to the need to save the Dead Sea.”
The installation will take place on Sept. 17 at the Dead Sea shore.