American artist Spencer Tunick is best known for his installations that feature large numbers of nude people posed in artistic formations. These installations are often situated in urban locations throughout the world, although he has also done some “Beyond The City” woodland and beach installations and still does individuals and small groups occasionally. His models are unpaid volunteers who receive a limited edition photo as compensation.
Since 1992 he has organized over 75 temporary site-specific installations in the United States and abroad. Tunick’s installations encompass dozens, houndreds or thousands of volunteers, and his photographs are records of these events.
The individuals en masse, without their clothing, grouped together metamorphose into a new shape. The bodies extend into and upon the landscape like a substance. These grouped masses which do not underscore sexuality become abstractions that challenge or reconfigure one’s view of nudity and privacy. The work also refers to the complex issue of presenting art in permanent or temporary public spaces.