Humber Bridge serves as backdrop for Spencer Tunick finale

Published: Monday 11th July 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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A chosen few participants have taken part in a secret installation with American artist Spencer Tunick featuring a striking view of the Humber Bridge.

Following on from the hugely successful Sea of Hull installation on Saturday (July 9), which saw thousands of naked people pose in blue body paint at some of the city’s most famous landmarks, around 350 people gathered at Barton Haven in Barton-upon-Humber for a final shot on Sunday (July 10).

Commissioned by the Ferens Art Gallery, the Barton location on the south bank of the River Humber was chosen by the artist who was impressed by the striking structure and scale of the bridge and its close view of the city of Hull.

Mr Tunick said: “Today’s installation in Barton-Upon-Humber used a relatively small number of people; it continued the maritime theme but against the backdrop of the river itself, rather than the urban landscape of the city of Hull.

“As a location, Barton brought together the natural landscape of the banks of the river, the dominating man-made structure of the bridge itself, and the view of Hull across the water.


“The images from both locations will be brought together to reflect the different elements that come together to make Hull the city it is; waterways and historic streets and the bridge that crosses the water and provides a connection to the city and its people.”

Kirsten Simister, curator of art at Ferens Art Gallery, said: “We extend our sincere thanks to our neighbours in Barton and at North Lincolnshire Council who have been incredibly supportive of all efforts in organising the installation here and helped us at every step of the way as part of our Arts Council Funded Humber Museum Partnership.

“The Ferens commission has enabled us to extend the valuable work with the southbank in what is a fantastic shot linking Barton in North Lincolnshire, with Hull and the iconic Humber Bridge. Residents and participants will be able to see the completed work at the newly refurbished Ferens Art Gallery next year as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations.”

The final images will be just one of the highlights of a major exhibition at the Ferens Art Gallery during 2017, when Hull is host to the UK City of Culture celebrations.

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Published: Monday 11th July 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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