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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Sunning Naked at El Zocalo

Image:MXC Central square.jpg

Famous photographer Spencer Tunick will be taking over "El Zocalo" Mexico City's town square for a historic photo shoot tomorrow morning, May 6, 2007. The town square is know as simply El Zocalo but officially named Plaza de la Constitución. The site measures some 5.7 hectares, well over 10 acres and reportedly can fit some 85,000 standing people.

It's the center of Mexico City and the site of many pre-hispanic sites. The photo shoot will include some 7000 registered participants who will get naked. The historic event requires that participant visit this registration page to register.

The website for the event indicates that is being brought forth via a collaboration between Tunick, the Museum of Science and Arts at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), which is Mexico's oldest and most prestigious university, the Government of Mexico City, and the Fundacion Murrieta a foundation dedicated to culture and arts.

Spencer Tunick: Düsseldorf 1 (Museum Kunst Palast) 2006

All participants are required to be at least 18 years old and required to provide proof in the form of an original and official identification card with picture. The event is being recorded for TVUNAM and the images and video will become part of upcoming exhibit at the Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte (MUCA) of the UNAM.

What form will the image of thousands of nudes at El Zocalo look like? Daniela of ArteSpain wrote a post (Spanish) which states that Marco Antonio Hernández the Spokesperson for Spencer Tunick in Mexico stated that it will be a sun as it's one of the most significant symbols in Mexican culture.


(UPDATE @ 9:54 a.m., Sunday, May 6, 2007)

Well I'm proud to report that an estimated 20,000 Mexicans took to the Zocalo clad only in their birthday suits for the historic photo shoot by Spencer Tunick. The photo shoot broke the previous record of 7000 participants previously set in Barcelona, Spain. Viva Mexico!\

The following photo was originally uploaded by Senderdelnato. The second photo at the top of the post is also credited to him.

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Arne Paul said...

Of course you realize if this happened in America it’s have turned into another record: 18,001 felony convictions in federal court, with a life sentence handed down to Spencer Tunick for creating a terrorist event. So now even historically conservative and politically repressive Mexico has surpassed the increasingly prudish America in both social and real freedoms. What an embarrasssment.

cindy said...

You know, I don't think I'd like to be on the floor in el Zócalo clothed, much less naked. Call me a modest germophobe. Heh.

Tony Herrera said...

Hello Cindy,

Now, see in Arne's eyes he would call you "prudish". ; )

Actually posted on the whole "cleanliness" matter.

His post alluded to the fact that in some areas of the Zocalo a considerable amount of debris was present and stated that a participant had stepped on a bottle cap and so forth. He added that the organizers could have done better and simply considered sweeping the grounds prior to the event.