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5,200 Australians bare all for photo shoot

2010-03-01 10:19:09 GMT2010-03-01 18:19:09 (Beijing Time)

Nude people gather on the steps of the Sydney Opera House as they pose for a photo by Spencer Tunick of the U.S. , Monday, March 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Naked volunteers pose for US artist Tunick in front of the Sydney Opera House. [Photo/Agencies]

Naked volunteers pose for US artist Spencer Tunick in front of the Sydney Opera House March 1, 2010. Organisers estimate 5,200 people posed for the early morning nude photo installation titled "Mardi Gras: The Base". [Photo/Agencies]

Naked volunteers pose for US artist Tunick in front of the Sydney Opera House. [Photo/Agencies]

About 5,200 naked people have embraced each other on the steps of Sydney's iconic Opera House for a photo shoot by Spencer Tunick.

Tunick, who is known for his nude group photos in public spaces, posed participants for more than an hour in a variety of positions Monday.

"It was difficult to get the straight participants to embrace the gay participants and vice versa," Tunick said. "So I was very happy that that last set up finally got done and everyone came together (in a) united, friendly kiss, a loving kiss in front of this great structure."

Nineteen-year-old student Art Rush said he was thrilled to participate.

"I'll never get a chance to do this again; it's not worth being inhibited," Rush said. "It doesn't feel sexual, it just feels tribal, a gathering of humanity."


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