Artist Spencer Tunick has helped raise awareness of the environmental impact on the Dead Sea by organising a nude photoshoot.
The American-Jewish photographer, known for his large-scale works featuring naked volunteers, revealed his latest project involving 15 men and women focuses on the growing danger of sinkholes around the Dead Sea.
In recent decades, scientists have become increasingly concerned, noting the lowest land point on earth is in fact shrinking.
Tunick, whose most recent art installation featured 100 naked women protesting against Donald Trump, said: “I care deeply about the future of the Dead Sea and hope that my presence and involvement here can propel the Israeli government and local activists to take real measurable action to save [it].
“I’ve been on the ground and as you can all see, this is a disaster.”
Dr Lipchin, director of the Center for Transboundary Water Management at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, said: “The Dead Sea we once knew doesn’t exist anymore.
“The harm that has been done on all environmental levels has caused damages that are partly irreversible, and for those that still can be fixed – the window of opportunity is narrow and will soon be closed.”
Meanwhile, Yael Faran, Member of Parliament and head of the lobby for the Dead Sea, said: “Israel must take responsibility for the destruction of nature over the years and there is an opportunity for co-operation between countries in the region.”
Click here for the making of Spencer Tunick’s Dead Sea photoshoot