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Naked Australians At Sydney Opera House: 5,200 Strip Down For Spencer Tunick Photo Shoot, 'Mardis Gras: The Base' (PHOTOS) (NSFW)

First Posted: 04/30/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 04:40 PM ET

SYDNEY (Associated Press) -- About 5,200 naked people have embraced each other on the steps of Sydney's iconic Opera House for a photo shoot by Spencer Tunick.

Tunick, who is known for his nude group photos in public spaces, posed participants for more than an hour in a variety of positions Monday.

"It was difficult to get the straight participants to embrace the gay participants and vice versa," Tunick said. "So I was very happy that that last set up finally got done and everyone came together (in a) united, friendly kiss, a loving kiss in front of this great structure."

Nineteen-year-old student Art Rush said he was thrilled to participate.

"I'll never get a chance to do this again, it's not worth being inhibited," Rush said. "It doesn't feel sexual, it just feels tribal, a gathering of humanity."

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Nude people raise their hands as they gather on the steps of the Sydney Opera House as they pose for a photo by Spencer Tunick of the U.S. , Monday, March 1, 2010. 5,200 people stripped off for the commissioned photo that is title "Mardis Gras: The Base." (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
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