Bare facts: Spencer Tunick’s photos expose Dead Sea plight
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Bare facts: Spencer Tunick’s photos expose Dead Sea plight

Artist famous for nude installations helps raise awareness of sinkholes around lowest point on earth

Francine Wolfisz is the Features Editor for Jewish News.

Artist Spencer Tunick invited 15 male and female nude volunteers to help raise awareness of the environmental impact on the Dead Sea. Credit: Spencer Tunick
Artist Spencer Tunick invited 15 male and female nude volunteers to help raise awareness of the environmental impact on the Dead Sea. Credit: Spencer Tunick

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.”

Tunick depicted his volunteers half-buried in sand to highlight the appearance of sinkholes around the Dead Sea
Tunick depicted his volunteers half-buried in sand to highlight the appearance of sinkholes around the Dead Sea

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.

A group of 15 naked models were half-buried in sand for the Dead Sea art installation
A group of 15 naked models pose for the Dead Sea art installation

“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.”

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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

 

 

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