Monday, May 12, 2008

1840 in Austria pose for nude picture

Over 1,800 men and women posed nude for a U.S. photographer in Austria's Ernst Happel stadium on Sunday.

Spencer Tunick, notorious for his works featuring hundreds of naked people at unusual venues, requested his 1,840 participants to wear no sunglasses, no smiling, and no underwear.

The participants were not paid, but were promised to receive signed pictures of the photo-shoot.

The stadium will host seven of the Euro 2008 soccer championship matches being staged by Austria and Switzerland, including the June 29 final.

New York-born Tunick described Sunday's shooting on his website as combining "the spirit of sports, the grand sweeping waves of stadium architecture and the abstract relation of the human form to modern structures."

The number of participants still fell short of the symbolic "at least 2,008" Tunick had hoped to get, ahead of the Euro 2008 tournament.

Tunick had created several installations of large-scale nude projects from Mexico City to the Netherlands, Barcelona and Newcastle.

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