PHOTO+VIDEO | 2500 naked people gathered on the beach to raise awareness about skin cancer

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Around 2500 naked volunteers posed in the early hours of the morning on Sydney's Bondi Beach over the weekend to create a work of art designed to raise awareness of skin cancer. This installation is the latest project by American photographer Spencer Tunick, whose aim is to encourage Australians to have regular skin checks.

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Because of this project, the law was also changed, in order to allow public nudity on the beach for the first time.

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Australia is the country with the highest proportion of skin cancer cases, according to the World Association for Cancer Research.

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From 3am local time, volunteers gathered on the beach to take part in the installation, made in collaboration with the charity Skin Check Champions during Skin Cancer Awareness Week.

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"We have an opportunity to raise awareness about skin exams and it was an honor to come here, create my own art and celebrate the body and protection," said world-renowned artist Tunik.

 

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Bruce Fisher, 77, who took part in the filming, told AFP that he had "spent half his life in the sun and had two malignant melanomas removed from his back".

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