Naked Dead Sea and naked Israelis were the talk of the Internet last month as 1,200 Israelis volunteered to strip all to save the Dead Sea from environmental decay. American-Jewish installation artist Spencer Tunick came to Israel and photographed the glistening naked bodies in the dawn of the day, including one Green Prophet writer Alex. You can read Alex’s account of getting naked for the Dead Sea here. But all the pictures we saw back then were taken from afar as volunteers were not allowed to even sneak in cameras. Up above you are looking at the first picture released by Spencer Tunick, in what is likely to be a huge attention grabbing installation.
A video of the installation in the works: caution, there is clear nudity in the video
Some Green Prophet readers will no doubt be offended by the idea of getting naked for the Dead Sea, religious Jews, Muslims and Christians included. And I certainly wouldn’t do it at this point in my life. But some environmentalists have no problem with exposing their bodies to support a cause: a rapidly retreating global wonder, devastated from lack of water runoff, and industrial mineral-grabbing.