Spencer Tunick Installation at the South Wall in Dublin Docklands
The second Irish installation of internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Spencer Tunick took place at the South Wall in the Dublin Docklands in the early hours of Saturday, June 21st as part of the back-to-back city installation commissioned by the Cork Midsummer Festival and Dublin Docklands Development Authority. 2,500 people attended the installation, with some enthusiastic participants arriving from 10pm on Friday evening! The participants were greeted by an amazing pink sunrise before the first installation on the South Wall, but unfortunately the rain came at about 6am, however everyone kept their spirits up and Spencer was able to do a second installation of approximately 1000 participants on the beach with the volunteers all cheering him on!
On the following morning, 144 participants braved the elements once again to take part in a smaller installation on the balconies of the Altro Vetro Building at Grand Canal Dock.
The installations in both cities captured the imagination of the public, with almost 1,200 participants in Blarney castle in Cork on Tuesday 17th June, and 2,500 in the Dublin Docklands. In exchange for participating, attendees will receive a limited edition photograph from the event they attended, by the artist in Spring 2009. This will coincide with an exhibition of work by the artist in Summer 2009.
Spencer Tunick's previous installations have taken place in cities around the world including New York, Amsterdam and Mexico City. Tunick is recognized worldwide for his elaborately posed still and video images of multiple nude figures in public settings. His temporary site-specific installations have taken place around the globe in cities including Montreal, Melbourne, Lyon, London, Newcastle-Gateshead, Santiago, New York, Mexico City and Barcelona to name a few. Tunick gathers volunteers to participate in the making of his work which, in the past, have totalled anywhere from 100 - 18,000 participants. The photograph from his Greenpeace project on Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland was named Time Magazine's Picture of the Year 2007.
From his beginnings documenting individual live nudes in public locations in New York City he has taken his celebration of the nude form to an international stage having photographed over 75 temporary site-specific related installations all over the world.
Dublin Docklands Development Authority would like to thank Dublin City Council, Dublin Port Company and Treasury Holdings for their assistance.