Two cities as you’ve never seen them. The latest UK installation by Spencer Tunick opens at The Lowry.
The American artist Spencer Tunick has worked in cities across the world, from Montreal to Melbourne and Barcelona to Buenos Aires. In May, The Lowry commissioned Spencer Tunick to create his latest UK installation, working with 1,000 people in secret locations across Salford and Manchester.
Tunick’s images show both cities in a new light, from the iconic Industrial Revolution backdrop of Castlefield to the sleek lines of stationary aircraft at Manchester Airport. Inspired by the paintings of LS Lowry and the industrial heritage of Salford and Manchester, the mass of naked bodies captured in Tunick’s images underscore the cultural renaissance of these former industrial towns. ‘The body represented as culture moves through the city,’ says the artist, ‘symbolising an enlightened and progressive future.’
Salford and Manchester are two cities well versed in generating world firsts, from the beginnings of Free Trade to the birth of the modern computer. It is therefore fitting that the work Tunick created for The Lowry also has its own set of ‘firsts’. Everyday People is Tunick’s first multiple-site installation, and it is also the first time he has responded to the work of another artist for the entirety of a project – the work of LS Lowry.
Be the first to see Spencer Tunick’s compelling photographs and documentary film in this truly unmissable exhibition, only at The Lowry.
The exhibition runs until 26 September. Free entry.
Find out more about the work of Spencer in our exclusive essay by art writer Sarah Kent, or watch our behind-the-scenes video of the installation weekend.
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