Spencer Tunick Installation Dublin

Artist Name(s) Spencer Tunick
Artwork title Spencer Tunick Installation Dublin
Context/Background This project was conceived and developed as part the Dublin Docklands Development Authority’s Arts and Cultural Strategy. The strategy aims to animate public space in the docklands by commissioning art, making space for the arts in the docklands, building artistic and cultural connections between the docklands and elsewhere, and to engage the community in arts practice.

Internationally acclaimed, New York based contemporary visual artist Spencer Tunick was commissioned by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority to photograph 2,500 nude participants on Dublin's South Wall. 

This work is part of a series of installations that have previously taken place in cities around the world including New York, Melbourne, London, Newcastle-Gateshead, Barcelona, Lyon, Amsterdam and Mexico City. 

The Tunick installation fulfilled many objectives and was concerned with challenging citizens of the city by asking them, through a very successful marketing campaign, "Are You Brave Enough?" and "Do You Dare To Bare?"  

It ultimately resulted in the creation of a series of unique and beautiful images, and an unforgettable, collective, civic moment in Dublin where the participation of people was vital for the project's success.


There was an enormous amount of press coverage around 21 June in Irish newspapers.


American artist Spencer Tunick has been documenting the live nude figure in public with photography and video since 1992. Since 1994 he has organised over 75 temporary site-specific installations in the United States and abroad.  

Tunick's installations involve dozens, hundreds or thousands of volunteers and his photographs are records of these events. The individuals, en masse, naked and grouped together, metamorphose into a new shape. Their bodies extend into, and upon, the landscape. These grouped masses, which do not underscore sexuality, become abstractions that challenge or reconfigure ones views of nudity and privacy.  

The work also refers to the complex issue of presenting art in permanent or temporary public spaces.

Commission Type Regeneration Agency
Commissioner Name Dublin Docklands Development Authority
Artform Visual Arts
Budget Range 35000 - 70000 euro
Project commission end date 06/12/2008
Location South Wall, Poolbeg Peninsula, Dublin 4
County Dublin
Town Dublin
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Content contributor(s) Dara O'Leary
Relationship to project Arts Coordinator. (Assisted Mary McCarthy, Arts Manager with this project).



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