Sea of Hull by Spencer Tunick

Thousands of people gathered at dawn in Hull to be painted blue and photgraghed for an installation celebrating the city’s relationship with the sea.

Around 3,200 people took part in the international living art installation in Hull, involving participants from 20 countries, posing at some of the city’s major landmarks. They caused quite a stir around the city, with hundreds lying down across a road in the city centre while others circled one of Hull’s parks. Artist and photographer Spencer Tunick said the crowds of blue people were also a representation of the rising sea levels caused by climate change. “It’s the idea that the bodies and humanity is flooding the streets…..The Sea of Hull installation was one of the most fantastic projects I’ve ever done, and it was inspiring to be able to intertwine the city’s maritime heritage against an urban backdrop throughout the whole piece.”