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Bondi Beach declared a nude beach for the first time in history for art installation

Sydney’s most iconic beach will be declared a nude beach for the first time in history this weekend and it’s all thanks to a tiny section buried in the council’s laws.

Skin Check Champions CEO Scott Maggs told 9news.com.au that organising this event has been like “climbing Everest” due to the amount of red tape making public nudity on this scale illegal at Bondi Beach.

Bondi Beach will be filled with naked people on Saturday to raise awareness about skin cancer. (9News)

But all thanks to one tiny part of Waverley Council’s legislation known as section 633 – Bondi Beach will legally be a nude beach for several hours.

“The first question we had from police was, ‘how is this legal?'” Maggs said.

”Basically, we had to work with the council and we are legally going to classify Bondi as a nude beach just for the installation.

“We’re literally making history by doing that for the first time at Bondi Beach.”

Maggs said the council will declare Bondi Beach a nude beach for the duration of the installation making the event completely legal.

Spencer Tunick nude art installation press conference.
During the press conference about the installation, two nude models joined Skin Check Champions CEO Scott Maggs. (9News)

The artist, Spencer Tunick, said he is honoured the council has allowed the historic event to go ahead.

“It’s the same red tape, same policies, same restrictions but in the end, it will hopefully shine,” he said.

Tunick believes that there should be a place in public to showcase the naked body in the name of art.

“We’re so used to seeing pornography on [streaming service] and in cinema but we forget once you go out in public there are a set of rules that are so archaic,” he said.

“I just try to push the envelope in the public space and I’ve found a way to do that with my art.”

Artist and photographer Stanley Tunick speaks about Bondi Beach nude installation
Artist and photographer Spencer Tunick will be elevated taking photographs of the swarm of nude people. (9News)

Organisers hope more than 2500 people will get their kit off for the event however they’re calling for more Sydneysiders to get involved.

“This is a place where people can keep their anonymity if they’re in the middle of the crowd,” Tunick said.

“We try to encourage people to let go of their fear and come out and do this. We still need more people, we don’t have enough people.”

The aim for 2000 plus people is to represent the number of Australians killed by skin cancer every year.

“It’s about celebrating your own body but also sending a message about skin checks and checking your body for cancer,” Tunick said.

Bondi resident Jim Malloy has been battling stage three skin cancer and is planning to get naked at the event to raise awareness.

“I’m participating because of my own experience, I have a friend with stage four who isn’t responding to immunotherapy and my dad passed away with a lot of skin cancer which made me make the decision,” he said.

“I was anxious when I made the decision but now I’m really looking forward to it.”

Spencer Tunick has conducted four installations in Australia. Around 5,500 turned up on a cold morning in March 2010 to pose in front of the Sydney Opera House.
Spencer Tunick has conducted four installations in Australia. Around 5,500 turned up on a cold morning in March 2010 to pose in front of the Sydney Opera House. (Spencer Tunick )

In terms of what the event will look like on Saturday, Tunick is known for his artworks showcasing thousands of naked bodies at iconic locations like the Sydney Opera House.

Tunick plans to have three to four different installation setups on the beach on Saturday morning, with one surprise take to raise awareness about sun safety.

“I’m going to be up in a lift that is very high and just documenting the juxtaposition of the ocean and sand. It’s all about time and longevity,” he said.

“When the sun rises, I do have a special idea that I’m going to use.

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