| ALETSCH GLACIER, Switzerland
ALETSCH GLACIER, Switzerland Hundreds of people
posed naked on Switzerland's shrinking Aletsch glacier on
Saturday for U.S. photographer Spencer Tunick as part of a
Greenpeace campaign to raise awareness of global warming.
Tunick, perched on a ladder and using a megaphone, directed
nearly 600 volunteers from all over Europe and photographed
them on a rocky outcrop overlooking the glacier, which is the
largest in the Alps.
Later he took pictures of them standing in groups on the
mass of ice and lying down. Camera crews were staged at five
different points on the glacier to take photographs.
Glaciers are sensitive to climate change and have been
receding since the start of the industrial age but the pace of
shrinkage has accelerated in recent years.
The environmental group Greenpeace, which organized the
shoot, said the aim was to "establish a symbolic relationship
between the vulnerability of the melting glacier and the human
The Aletsch descends around the south side of the Jungfrau
mountain in the Upper Rhone Valley.
Alpine glaciers have lost about one-third of their length
and half their volume over the past 150 years. The Aletsch ice
mass has retreated by 115 meters (377 ft) in the last two years
alone, said Greenpeace.
Tunick has staged mass nude photo shoots in cities across
the world, from Newcastle, Britain, to Mexico City, where a
record 18,000 people took off their clothes in the Mexican
capital's Zocalo square in May.
Speaking to Geneva's Le Temps newspaper in an interview
published before the shoot on Saturday, Tunick said his
photographs were both works of art and political statements.
"I will try to treat the body on two levels. On an abstract
level, as if they were flowers or stones. And on a more social
level, to represent their vulnerability and humanity with
regard to nature and the city and to remind people where we
Switzerland has about 1,800 glaciers and almost of them are
Greenpeace said if global warming continues unabated, most
glaciers will disappear from the Earth by 2080.