From the land of Hugo Chavez…
More than 1,500 people have gathered around a statue of 19th century liberation hero Simon Bolivar in Venezuela and posed nude for a US artist famous for his photos of naked crowds in public spaces.
Spencer Tunick organised the Caracas photo shoot along downtown Avenida Bolivar, a frequent spot for political rallies by supporters of President Hugo Chavez.
Surrounded by dozens of reporters and onlookers, the participants cracked jokes, shouted cheers for Tunick and struck poses for the press.
“I worked very, very hard and the people were extremely, extremely, extremely exuberant,” Tunick said after the shoot.
“It’s a new experience. And beyond the disinhibition of taking off clothes, this also involves art,” said Jerry Lino, 30, who took part in the event. “One never feels naked.”
More than 7,800 people had signed up, but only between 1,500 and 2,000 showed up.
Bolivar looms large in the rhetoric of Chavez. The populist president says he is leading a leftist “Bolivarian Revolution” to end poverty in the South American nation.
Tunick has photographed nude people in New York City as well as other urban centres around the world including London, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Vienna, Austria.