Friday, September 12, 2008

Spencer Tunick in Blarney


They say that kissing the Blarney stone will give you the gift of the gab (speech) - but there are some Corkonians keeping very quite about their participation in an art project commissioned by the Cork Summer Fest in June this year and featured on RTE News.

Over 1,000 people turned out at 3am on Tuesday 17th June in the grounds of Blarney castle for a collaborative artwork with Spencer Tunick. He is renowned for his installations of nudes in site specific spaces. The sheer volume of bodies there seemed to join together to become a new social body characterised by conviviality. I don't think I have ever been at such a good humoured event.

I am not saying who was there and who was not - except for myself and Ray D'Arcy of course! The official photographs will be released in the new year - all participants will get a print.

These are all temporary installations which are documented online here http://www.spencertunick.com/ and here http://www.thespencertunickexperience.org/oldindex.htm#Cork_2008. Watch a video here http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/7460005.stm