Some 2,500 nude volunteers posed in the morning light on Sydney’s Bondi Beach for an artwork designed to raise awareness of skin cancer.
The installation is the latest project by American photographer Spencer Tunick, whose goal is to encourage Australians to get regular skin checks.
Legislation was changed to allow public nudity on the beach for the first time.
Australia is the country in the world most affected by skin cancer, the World Cancer Research Fund says.
Starting at 03:30 local time, volunteers gathered on the beach to take part in the installation, carried out in collaboration with the charity Skin Check Champions during Skin Cancer Awareness Week.
“We have an opportunity to raise awareness about skin checks and I’m honored…to come here, do my art and just celebrate the body and protection,” world-renowned artist Tunick was quoted as saying by Reuters.
Bruce Fisher, 77, who took part in the event, told AFP: “I spent half my life in the sun and had a couple of malignant melanomas removed from my back.
“I thought it was a good cause and I love taking my clothes off on Bondi Beach.”
Tunick is known for creating massively nude images in some of the world’s most iconic locations.
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