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Mexico City - 6 May 2007
1. Pan from top of building to wide of Zocalo square filled with nude participants
2. Various of nude participants in square
3. Various of participants lying down
Photographer Spencer Tunick - famous for photographing crowds of nude people around the world - held a massive nude photo shoot in the historic Zocalo main plaza of Mexico City.
Tunick spent three years planning the project and attracted more than 4-thousand participants to stage one of his biggest nude photo shoots yet.
The Zocalo - often referred to as the second-largest plaza in the Western world, after Moscow's Red Square - measures about 21-thousand square metres (25-thousand square yards) - the equivalent of about five football fields placed side-by-side.
The square has been at the heart of the city since it was founded by the Aztecs in 1325.
When the Spanish conquered the city in 1521, they demolished Aztec temples and palaces around the plaza and gave it much of its present form.
Participants offered a variety of reasons to explain to why they volunteered to take their clothes off in public.
"It is a collective display of freedom of purpose as a society, as individuals and as people," one man said.
"This is like a festivity where people participate to get ownership of the city and public space," said a female participant.
Previously Tunick had said he wanted to do the shoot at the pre-Aztec ruins of Teotihuacan, north of the capital.

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