"It's a lot of work getting people naked, especially in
Tunick has not been put off by British reserve, however, and is coming to
These days, Tunick's partnerships with international museums and galleries ensure he has volunteers ready and waiting. Working with the Burning Man festival in 2013, for example, meant he had "a city of willing people" to create
Since then, the numbers have increased. "It is alarming to see 1,000 people naked, and many would think it's very chaotic, but these people are coming to participate and make art. It can be a very spiritual experience for them."
Tunick can tap into the emotion of his installation only once it is over and his models share their experience with him: "I am more of a catalyst. At the time I am too busy working hard to please them and myself." There have been times when his volunteers have enjoyed themselves so much that they cheered. "I wish they were quieter," Tunick says. "I would rather them concentrate on me one on one, even if it is one to 1,000."
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