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Going naked to save the Dead Sea

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Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Spencer Tunick gathers 1,000 volunteers to pose in the buff at the Dead Sea to bring attention to the ecologically troubled site.

Why did American photographer Spencer Tunick put out a call for 1,000 volunteers to pose without their clothes at the Dead Sea in September?

Apart from the artistic element, Tunick also hoped the event would call attention to the ecological woes of Israel’s mineral-rich sea, the lowest point on earth. The Dead Sea is a finalist in the New Seven Wonders of the World contest, and Tunick figured the raw shoot couldn’t help but raise its public profile as its water level is sinking.