The Sydney Opera House hosted a gathering of 5,200 nude people on Monday. The event was for a photo shoot by photographer Spencer Tunick. Tunick went on record regarding the Sydney event to say:"It was difficult to get the straight participants to embrace the gay participants and vice versa," Tunick said. "So I was very happy that that last set up finally got done and everyone came together (in a) united, friendly kiss, a loving kiss in front of this great structure." The series of photographs taken in Sydney are entitled "The Base" in celebration of Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. This The Opera House location is a first for both the photographer and the landmark. Nineteen year old college student Mark Rush participated in the photo and later told the press "I'll never get a chance to do this again, it's not worth being inhibited. It doesn't feel sexual, it just feels tribal, a gathering of humanity."
Tunick is an American photographer best known for shooting nude subjects numbering in the thousands in public places throughout the world. His biggest event was in Barcelona in 2003 when he gathered 7,000 naked people for pictures.
Tunick's bare principle is this "A body is a living entity. It represents life, freedom, sensuality, and it is a mechanism to carry out our thoughts. A body is always beautiful to me. It depends on the individual work and what I do with it and what kind of idea lies behind it — if age matters or not. But in my group works, the only difference is how far people can go if it rains, snows etc.”