In Pictures: Naked volunteers dye themselves blue for art

3,200 people gathered in the city of Hull to take part in 'Sea of Hull'

In Pictures: Naked volunteers dye themselves blue for art

Image: Danny Lawson / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Thousands of people have taken part in an art installation by stripping naked and dying themselves blue.

The 'Sea of Hull' by artist Spencer Tunick saw 3,200 people gather in the UK city making it the largest number of participants to take part in any of his previous UK artworks.

Many of the participants were Hull residents, along with people from 20 other countries.

Image: Danny Lawson / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Image: Danny Lawson / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Image: Danny Lawson / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Image: Danny Lawson / PA Wire/Press Association Images

80-year-old Stephane Janssen, who has posed 20 others time, was among those in attendance.

Participants had to wear nothing except for four specific shades of blue body paint and pose nude in a series of site specific installations across the city's best-known historic locations.

Hull is UK City of Culture in 2017 and Tunick's new body of work will be one of the highlights of the programme in the Ferens Art Gallery.

Artist Spencer Tunick with 80-year-old Stephane Janssen | Image: Danny Lawson / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Image: Danny Lawson / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Image: Danny Lawson / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Speaking about the installation, Spencer Tunick, said:

"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 back-drop throughout the whole piece.

"It's always wonderful to see the various sized people covered in paint walking through the streets of a city I admire. I'm looking forward to the exhibition of my final works made here in Hull, in the spring of 2017."