The Republican National Convention (RNC) is now just one month away, meaning the heat is on for those hoping to thwart presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. Spencer Tunick, a New York photographer known for his show-stopping human installations, is more than prepared. More than 1,500 women have signed up to pose nude at the RNC as part of his latest art installation, according to Esquire.
"The response has been incredible," Tunick told Esquire. "These women really are so brave." Tunic first put out a call to be part of the installation in May, revealing he had actually been planning the project since 2013. "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 said. "But I feel like doing this will sort of calm the senses. It brings it back to the body and to purity."
Tunick, whose previous installations have taken him everywhere from Buffalo to Barcelona, said the reasons women had given him for wanting to participate in the RNC installation were varied:
As a woman, I want to stand up for my reproductive rights. As a Hispanic, I want to be seen as a member of this community. As a first-generation American, I want to show that anyone deserves the opportunity to come here. As a young woman, I want to embrace my body and everyone else's size and shape. As a human being, I want to stand up against Trump and other Republicans whose hateful speech towards women, immigrants, LGBT people, and all 'others' is poisoning this nation.
The RNC, which runs from July 18 to July 21, promises to be a compelling affair. As reported Friday, dozens of delegates have united to prevent Trump from becoming the nominee. "This literally is an 'Anybody but Trump' movement," Kendal Unruh, the Colorado delegate at the forefront of the effort, told the Washington Post. "Nobody has any idea who is going to step in and be the nominee, but we're not worried about that. We're just doing that job to make sure that he's not the face of our party."