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|Posted by: Charles Jun 7 2018, 10:40 AM|
| Spencer Tunick's nude photoshoot plan turned down by Prahran Woolworths supermarket
By Joseph Dunstan
Photo: Tunick photographed thousands of nude volunteers at Federation Square in Melbourne in 2001. (Reuters)
Melbourne businesses are lobbying supermarket giant Woolworths to overturn its decision to deny international nude crowd photographer Spencer Tunick access to one of its carparks for a photoshoot.
Tunick had planned to photograph thousands of nude Melburnians at the rooftop carpark at the supermarket's Prahran store on Chapel Street, in inner-city Melbourne.
The New York-based artist is famous for his photos of throngs of naked people in public places and has created a number of similar human installations, including one at the Sydney Opera House in 2010.
The local business group that invited Tunick to use the rooftop as a key feature in an upcoming Melbourne winter project said 10,000 people had already signed up to take part in the event.
"The plan was to showcase our beautiful area to the whole of the world," Chrissie Maus, the head of the Chapel Street Precinct Association, told ABC Radio Melbourne.
"The Woolworths carpark has this gorgeous view of the town hall clock … the beautiful cityscape in the background, and it would just be the absolute hero shot that would put Prahran on the map for the world for Spencer Tunick."
Photo: Tunick has photographed nude crowds in colourful locations across the world. (Reuters: Andrew Yates)
In a statement, Woolworths said the decision to turn down the request to host a photoshoot on its carpark was based on concern about the impact on weekend customers.
"We recently upgraded the rooftop car park at our Prahran store to make it more accessible and comfortable and its primary purpose is so our customers have convenient access to available car parking close to our store," a Woolworths spokesperson said.
"The request for the photo was for the weekend, which is the busiest time of the week for shopping in our stores, and as such we must ensure customers have convenient access to our store when we are open."
Ms Maus said reconnaissance work from the business group had found that there were usually around four cars using the carpark early on Saturday mornings.
She has started a petition urging the company to reconsider.
"This photo will go viral, not only in Australia, but right around the world," she said.
"This alone will help boost in-store sales."
Photo: Tunick has previously photographed over 5,000 nude Sydneysiders on the steps of the Sydney Opera House in 2010. (AAP: Dean Lewins)
In a statement, Tunick said he supported the petition to allow the photoshoot to go ahead.
"Working on the Woolworths Prahran rooftop car park provides an amazing opportunity to let the citizens of Melbourne become the artist themselves — to remind the citizens of Melbourne that Woolworths has a symbiotic relationship with them," he said.
"I would also like to note that, as a site-specific artist, I have a long record of working in some of the most iconic and historic locations in the world.
"I have had the opportunity to work in Grand Central Station in NYC, the Opera House in Brugge Belgium, and the Four Seasons Restaurant in NYC.
"I believe that this latest spot [in Melbourne] has something uniquely special about it … it's otherworldly."
Tunick's nude photoshoots around the world
Photo: Volunteer participants posed naked inside the Stadschouwburg theatre in the northern Belgian city of Bruges in 2005. (Reuters: Peter Maenhoudt)
Photo: Tunick also photographed volunteers at San Sebastian's Zurriola beach in Spain in 2006. (Reuters: Pablo Sanchez)
Photo: Around 2,000 naked volunteers posed in the Europarking building in Amsterdam in 2007. (Reuters: Koen van Weel)
Photo: In Germany, Tunick directed models to pose in front of old paintings at Dusseldorf's Museum Kunstpalast in 2006. (Reuters: Ina Fassbender)
Photo: The Kursaal auditorium in the Spanish city of San Sebastian featured in another of Tunick's photos in 2006. (Reuters: Pablo Sanchez)
Art or an opportunity for exhibitionists?
Interesting that the businesses in the shopping centre are lobbying Woolworths to change their decision. It's all about money, but where do nude shoppers keep their money and credit cards?
|Posted by: Phillip J. Jun 7 2018, 11:36 AM|
|Maybe it's all about...touch and go! Or, "drop the coin right into the slot!"🎶|
|Posted by: Alicia Jun 7 2018, 02:06 PM|
|Look at me! Look at me.!|
|Posted by: scepo Jun 7 2018, 04:48 PM|
|What a sad crazy world in my opinion.|
|Posted by: Flin Jun 7 2018, 05:09 PM|
|Well, I thought the whole thing was basically a total bummer.|
|Posted by: Phillip J. Jun 8 2018, 04:01 AM|
|I was thinking along those lines, too. I reckon that they're just arseing around!|
|Posted by: Charles Jun 8 2018, 09:30 AM|
|There's some cheeky people out there who will give anything a crack.|