Saturday, September 15, 2007
In August 2007 American artist Spencer Tunick teamed up with Greenpeace Switzerland and some 600 folks, to pose naked on the largest glacier in Europe in the name of art and environmental activism.
The site is The Great Alestsch and has shown to be highly susceptible to climate change, retreating some 377 feet in a single year (2005-2006) and is expected to shrink 80% by 2100. The Aletsch serves as a sad example of what the environmentalist community awaits of all of Switzerland, a complete disappearance of most glaciers by 2080. The art installation served as a means to "symbolize the vulnerability of the glaciers under climate change," Greenpeace said in a statement.
Tunick adds this to his already impressive resume of installations including 7,000 nudes in Barcelona and his largest installation to date, 18,000 nudes he photographed in Mexico City.