Donald Trump Will Be Greeted by 100 Nude Women at the Republican National Convention
Performance artist Spencer Tunick is organizing the exhibit, called "Everything She Says Means Everything"
The women will also be holding up large, round mirrors, pointed towards Quicken Loans Arena, where the convention will be held in Cleveland, Ohio. The installation is called, “Everything She Says Means Everything.”
The New-York-based artist started doing large-scale nude installations in 1994, and has shown his work all over the world.
An installation from 2010 outside the Sydney Opera House
In 2013, Tunick started planning the installation for the Republican convention, where Trump will likely receive the Republican party’s nomination for president.
“I could never have imagined there would be such a heightened attention to the male-versus-female dynamic of this Cleveland juggernaut of a convention,” Tunick told Esquire. “But I feel like doing this will sort of calms the senses. It brings it back to the body and to purity.”
Tunick typically has both genders pose nude for his work, but chose to make this one female-only.
Tunick’s 2007 installation in Zocalo, Mexico
“I have two daughters – 9 and 11 – and I want them to grow up in a progressive world with equal rights and equal pay and better treatment for women, and I feel like the 100 women lighting up the sky of Cleveland will send this ray of knowledge onto the cityscape,” Tunick said. “I think it will enlighten not only the delegates but set the vibe of the weekend, set a tone.”
Trump has come under fire throughout his campaign for his comments about women, including his recent remarks that Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton is only ahead because she’s playing "the woman’s card."
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Tunick put out a call on his website for volunteers, who will meet across the street from the arena on July 17, get in formation, and strip down, likely for about 15 minutes. Tunick will then photograph the women, and they will each get a print of the image.
His 2008 installation in Dublin, Ireland
Tunick wants this to be an inclusive, non-violent event.
“We really are reaching out to people of all parties. This is a work Republican women can participate in. It’s not so much a protest as it is a representative artwork,” said Tunick. “Who knows what will happen.”