Spencer Tunick publishes the first official Naked Dead Sea photo this weekend.
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.
One reader Xoussef writes:
“I do not “understand” art, and don’t pretend to, but this is a bit “faux cul”. I mean that experiencing the nakedness, participating in a shooting, are good enough reasons to participate, and the aesthetic value of it is all the reason the artist needs, but grafting the angle of saving the sea on it is extremely naive at best, dishonest at worst, and eminently futile otherwise.
“What’s needed here is funding and lobbying, I fail to see how this installation helps with either, if it doesn’t prove to be detrimental.
“Just doing the installation straight forward for the sake of Art seems to me a whole lot more honest and honourable.”
What’s your take? A good cause to save the sea or …?