Public Participation in Clothes Free Adventures

Sea of Hull - Spencer Tunick.

Sea of Hull – Spencer Tunick.

Like so many others, I am amazed at what is possible in our modern western world when it comes to being nude in public spaces. The recent “Sea of Hull” living art installation is one that has captured my attention. The ability to bring together thousands of adults, both men and women, to create these scenes in many different countries around the world is astonishing.

Emma as a participant at the Sea of Hull.

Emma as a participant at the Sea of Hull.

I can’t imagine persuading ten people to become art subjects for a photo shoot in my town. Perhaps it is the fact of the sheer numbers of people involved, something that helps preserve a sense of anonymity for the majority of participants that would otherwise never think of appearing in public unclothed. Those who are committed to naturism, people who are activists in their own right such as Emma here on the left, took part in the Sea of Hull event even though it meant a long drive in order to take part. For such individuals, it is being a part of the whole while still finding a sense of individuality, a secure sense of self in the process.

A couple who became living works of art in New York City.

A couple who became living works of art in New York City.

Other examples that come to mind are Body Painting in public spaces such as recently took place in New York City, and

Lady Godiva at the London edition of the WNBR.

Lady Godiva at the London edition of the WNBR.

World Naked Bike Rides in cities around the globe. Most of the WNBR events become a mixture of unadorned skin, body-painted, or semi-nude participants who are trying to get across the message of using less fossil fuels for navigating cities and towns.

I have never taken part in such events and don’t see any change for me in the future as I live in a part of the world where these events don’t occur at all. But that somehow doesn’t seem to bother me as I like solitude and taking time for smaller events at a local Naturist Club.

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