6,000 Colombians get naked for massive group photo project

It was 46 degrees Fahrenheit outside, but that didn’t stop 6,000 Colombians from stripping off their clothes.

A New York-based photographer, Spencer Tunick, asked locals to take a massive nude group photo at a large plaza in the country’s capital.

The volunteers, ignoring the chilly weather, stripped down at the Bolivar plaza in Bogota for the famed photographer who is known for his nude photos in public places. It was Tunick’s largest art project in six years and the first one in Bogota.

Tunick told the Agence France-Presse that it was all in the name of peace. The country is trying to negotiate a peace deal to end a 50-year war with leftist rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

“It’s an honor to be here at this moment when life is changing and hopefully a peace agreement will be signed,” Tunick told AFP.

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Miguel Patiño, one of the participants, told reporters that he felt very comfortable being around so many nude people for the photo.

“I think it’s a bit of a liberating situation,” he said. “In the moment that everyone is naked, it’s like an equal condition, everyone is in the same condition and that there is a massive nude (event) personally makes me feel comfortable, because the taboos and even the barriers that clothes impose are demolished somewhat.”

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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