– Fearless –
MaPo Kinnord, 55, an art professor and artist, said she took part because she loved Tunick’s work and happened to be visiting her niece in the city where she grew up.
Currently living in New Orleans, she said the installation opposed Republicans who were making Americans afraid, by telling them they should fear Muslims and immigrants.
“To be totally naked and out in the open and to be fearless is what we need to be,” Kinnord explained.
Trump has called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States and a wall to be built on the Mexican border to keep out illegal immigrants.
Kinnord said she would “never” vote for Trump and expressed hope that Britain’s recent referendum voting to leave the European Union had been a wake-up call against complacency in the US election.
While she voted for self-declared democratic socialist Bernie Sanders in the primaries, she said she was happy to back presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Morning Robinson, 18, took part with her mother, saying she wanted “to do something a little different” before going off to college that would enable her to express herself freely.
“I was really nervous at first,” but it felt good being out in the open and not afraid of her body, she said.
“Republicans have this view of how women should be in society and I just don’t agree,” she said. “I don’t know exactly, I just know their views don’t match mine.”
Size-wise, the artwork was a far cry from Tunick’s most recent work.
In Colombia last month, he convinced more than 6,000 women to bare all in Bogota as the war-torn country neared a peace deal with the leftist rebels of FARC, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.