American art photographer Spencer Tunick is seeking funds and models for one of his trademark mass shoots of naked volunteers, this time at Israel's Dead Sea shoreline.
A statement from online art fundraiser Kickstarter.com said that the goal was to raise $60,000 by June 6 to fund the project entitled "Naked Sea."
Some of Tunick's previous shoots included one of 18,000 nudes in Mexico City's Zocalo Square and another of 7,000 in Barcelona, Spain.
Kickstarter said that Tunick had been motivated to try the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, because of its natural beauty and to draw attention to the danger to its future caused by evaporation of its salt-saturated waters.
"This project is dear to me, one that I have dreamed of since my early days as an artist," Tunick wrote in the statement.
"I look forward to your support in exposing a part of Israel that has not been seen before and at the same time bring attention to the deteriorating situation of the Dead Sea," he added.
Experts have repeatedly warned that the Dead Sea could dry out by 2050 unless vital measures are taken to halt the decay of the world's lowest and saltiest body of water, experts say.
"For the past few years I have been gearing up for this project and working with Spencer," said Ari Fruchter, a close friend of the artist. "My first challenge was to see if the people of Israel were ready to get naked for art. To my surprise the overwhelming answer was yes. My second challenge was acquiring financial support from local government, institutions, and sponsors."
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