Sunday, March 19, 2006

1,500 Naked Venezuelans, Simon Bolivar and a Brooklynite

1,500 Venezuelans + a statue of Simon Bolivar + a photographer from Brooklyn = Yet another Spencer Tunick "human art installation."

It actually happened this morning though most of the Venezuelan print and television media I checked for updates (and better images) are strangely mute.

According to Reuters, the statute is located downtown Caracas, along Bolivar Avenue which they characterize as "a frequent spot for rallies by supporters of President Hugo Chavez."

Of course, that's the same President Chavez who has not been shy about comparing himself Bolivar. So much so that early in his presidential run pushed to change the name of his country from Venezuela to the current "Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela."

Aparently only 1,500 to 2,000 of the 7,000 people who registered through this portal showed up.

NOTE: Most photos courtesy of Juan Vicente Gomez through this site.

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