2,008 nudists to pack soccer field for 'art'

2008-04-10T00:00:00Z 2,008 nudists to pack soccer field for 'art'The Associated Press The Associated Press
April 10, 2008 12:00 am  • 

VIENNA, Austria — It might be a good time to make strategic use of a yellow card.

New York contemporary artist Spencer Tunick has gained notoriety worldwide for photographing thousands of people in the nude. Now he's planning to pack a Vienna soccer stadium with 2,008 naked fans in the run-up to the Euro 2008 tournament.

Austria's national railway said Thursday it will offer free travel to the first 2,008 men and women who sign up to bare it all for the May 11 spectacle.

Tunick wants to pose them on the field inside Ernst Happel Stadium, where the tournament final will be played. Austria and Switzerland are co-hosting the event, which runs from June 7-29.

"2,008 naked people would be super!" said Katharina Murschetz of Kunsthalle Wien, a prestigious Vienna art exhibition center that is organizing the mass-nudity display.

The Brooklyn-based artist has grabbed headlines for draping naked bodies on glaciers, in front of the United Nations, in downtown Amsterdam, Netherlands, on hotel balconies overlooking Miami Beach's famed South Beach and in more than 70 other locations from Montreal to Melbourne, Australia.

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