Mexicans Bare All for Art’s Sake
Posted on May 7, 2007
About 18,000 people converged in Mexico City’s Zocalo plaza Sunday, shucked their clothes and posed for photographer Spencer Tunick, far outstripping his former record of 7,000 in Barcelona.
Men and women from a broad cross section of ages and social classes began arriving before dawn, although most volunteers were young men.
“The important thing is not that it’s your body or someone else’s but that you participate in something as a society,” said Oscar Roman Munoz, a 25-year-old engineer. “This reflects the need for change and integration in world trends.”
For Tunick’s first photo, the models stood upright and gave a military-like salute to their national flag.
In another, they lay down to form a blanket of flesh around a naked man in a wheelchair.
Between shots, they burst out into verses of Mexican folk songs.
AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills
Cheek to cheek: Tunick said his goal for the project was to treat the human body “with happiness and caring.”