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Spencer Tunick to Join Mass Floating Event to Save Dead Sea

Artist Spencer Tunick stands on a gantry to photograph naked, body painted festival goers at the Big Chill in Herefordshire, U.K., on Aug. 8, 2010. Photograph: Idea Generation via Bloomberg News
Artist Spencer Tunick stands on a gantry to photograph naked, body painted festival goers at the Big Chill in Herefordshire, U.K., on Aug. 8, 2010. Photograph: Idea Generation via Bloomberg News

July 30 (Bloomberg) -- Spencer Tunick, the artist known for photographing hundreds of naked volunteers, plans to join a mass clothed floating event at the Dead Sea to raise awareness of its shrinking shores.

The event, planned for September, is the third of its kind and is sponsored by Save Our Sea, a group of activists suffering from various skin diseases such as psoriasis who rely on the Dead Sea waters and mud for treatment and relief.

“We fear the day when so many patients cannot get the treatment they need because of the Dead Sea’s disappearance,” John Sekulow, co-founder of Save Our Sea, said in an e-mailed statement. Tunick will participate in the event and possibly photograph it, according to the statement.

Last year, the U.S.-born Tunick photographed a large group of naked Israelis at the Dead Sea. He has done similar work at the Big Chill Festival in the U.K. and cities including London, Amsterdam, Sydney and Buenos Aires. In 2007, 600 volunteers posed naked for him on Europe’s Aletsch glacier to illustrate humanity’s tragic relationship with the climate.

To contact the reporters on this story: Gwen Ackerman in Jerusalem at gackerman@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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