Spencer Tunick Wants to Make America Naked Again

He's looking for 100 female volunteers for his latest project.

Spencer Tunick eats sushi from a nude model during a press conference at the Toko Restaurant & Bar on February 23, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. Courtesy of Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images.

Photographer and Female Body Inspector Spencer Tunick is looking for a hundred women willing to “pose nude in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention,” reports Jezebel. His objective? To remind Republicans “that women are a reflection and embodiment of nature, the sun, the sky, and the land.”

That is, at least, what he said in a recent interview with the Cleveland Scene. Tunick also mentioned that his “sacred” female subjects will be holding large mirrors during the July 17 event, an act where “[t]he woman becomes the future and the future becomes the woman.”


Spencer Tunick, Ohio 1 (Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland) (2004). Courtesy of the artist.

However, it appears that some women are more sacred than others. In fact, the 49-year-old photographer explicitly states on his website that “participants will be selected based on photographs submitted.”

We’re sure his selection process will see him making a lot of hard choices.

Tunick stresses that his project isn’t a protest. One wonders, then, what he anticipates a group of naked women to accomplish. “It’s sort of to energize the city, to heat it up,” he said. (Apparently Accuweather’s 79 degree forecast isn’t hot enough.)

Spencer Tunick gives instructions to naked volunteers before a perfomance at Los Senderos Villages in San Miguel de Allende municipality, Guanajuato State, Mexico on November 4, 2012. Courtesy of ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images.

Spencer Tunick gives instructions to naked volunteers before a performance in Mexico on November 4, 2012. Courtesy of ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images.

For those suspicious of Tunick’s intentions, he reassured his Twitter followers that he’s doing this “for our daughters.” The photographer, evidently, “just couldn’t stand by and do nothing.” And when the going gets tough, the sensible solution is to throw some naked women in the mix.

“I think it’s going to shine a little wisdom on the convention,” Tunick said. Because, really, what could be more enlightening than the combined efforts of one hundred fully exposed women and a fully-dressed man and his vision?

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