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Published on 12 May 2011 | over 6 years ago

Spencer Tunick, the world renowned artist came to Sydney as part of the Mardi Gras 2010 festival and gathered together a few thousand people to be photographed nude on a very cold March morning at the iconic Sydney Opera House.
A 'sea of human flesh' has flooded the Sydney Opera House steps as artist Spencer Tunick performs his latest nude installation. wrote the Sydney Morning Herald.
More than 5000 people have gathered in front of the Sydney Opera House to be photographed nude in the name of art and diversity today.

A pregnant woman was among the first group of Australians to take their place on the steps of the Opera House just after dawn in photographer Spencer Tunick's latest installation, Mardi Gras: The Base.

Mardi Gras festival executive producer Danielle Harvey said 5200 people, including sportspeople, doctors, teachers and retirees, had lined up to take part."We were expecting 2000 or so ... we're absolutely thrilled," Ms Harvey said.

The artist said the title of today's installation, Mardi Gras: The Base, referred to the sameness of individuals, regardless of their sexual preferences.

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