In celebration of Hull’s relationship with the sea, thousands of people have taken their clothes off and been painted blue as they feature in a massive installation to mark the event.
According to Hull city council, 3,200 people partook in the celebration – the biggest to be staged in the UK by New York-based artist Spencer Tunick.
The internationally renowned New York based artist gathered hundreds of naked people to take part in a series of photographic installations in the city centre.
Spencer Tunick’s Sea of Hull installation saw participants from 20 countries, including American Stephane Janssen, 80, who has posed for him on 20 previous occasions.
The crowds of people got painted with four shades of blue body paint in celebration of Hull’s maritime heritage.
The participants in the Hull installation wore body paint to reference the colours of the sea found in the Ferens Art Gallery’s paintings.
They also posed for a series of site-specific installations around some of the city’s best known historic locations.
These included the ex-Queen’s Dock, now a city centre park, the Guildhall and the award-winning Scale Lane swing bridge over the river Hull.
Commissioned by the Ferens Art Gallery, the images will be exhibited during 2017’s UK City of Culture events.
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The council said Saturday’s turnout was thee highest number of people taking part in any of Tunick’s previous UK artworks, beating Gateshead in 2005 and Salford in 2010.
The Guardian quoted Tunick as saying:
“The Sea of Hull installation was one of the most fantastic projects I’ve ever done, and it was inspiring to be able to intertwine the city’s maritime heritage against an urban backdrop throughout the whole piece.
The photo incorporates some of the city’s unique locations including the architectural steel-structured masterpiece that is Scale Lane bridge, framed by Georgian and Victorian buildings, adding to the striking shots captured during the installation.
It’s always wonderful to see the various-sized people covered in paint walking through the streets of a city I admire. I’m looking forward to the exhibition of my final works made here in Hull in the spring of 2017”