Thousands Get Nude And Blue For U.K. Art Project

Charlotte Wood, left and a friend, pose after participating in an arts project in Hull England to commemorate the city's maritime history. Some 3,000 people stripped down and went blue for a photograph that will be displayed next year as part of a U.K cultural fest. Photo from Charlotte Wood/Twitter

HULL, England, July 10 (UPI) — More than 3,000 people got nude and blue to participate in an art project Saturday commemorating Hull, England’s maritime history.

Hull City Council said the art project, named Sea of Hull, is the largest ever staged in the United Kingdom.

The photograph involved 3,200 participants from 20 countries posing at various landmarks throughout Hull, located about 150 miles outside London. The event was commissioned by the Ferens Art Gallery and will be displayed during the 2017 UK City of Culture events.

The atmosphere in the city Saturday was filled with humor, warmth and friendly people, The Independent reported, with media from around the world distributing photos of the scene.

Some said their initial nerves evaporated within seconds as all, on cue, stripped down and went blue. Bodies were checked for proper paint coverage as strangers painted each other.

Those gathered at dawn covered each other with four shades of blue body paint to participate in the project, moving around to the citiy’s best known historic scenes,The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Charlotte Wood, one of the participants, tweeted about what fun she and a friend had participating. Wood’s grandmother also participated.

Those locations included the former Queens Dock, now a city centre park, the Guildhall and the award-winning Scale Lane swing bridge over the River Hull.


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