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Woolies Shuts Down Mass Nude Photo Shoot

International artist Spencer Tunick has been foiled in his latest artistic endeavour after a Melbourne Woolworths store refused him permission to photograph hundreds of naked adults on its rooftop.

The New York-based artist wants to use the store's car park at Prahran's Chapel St precinct for his latest shoot next month, but Woolworths has refused because it did not want its customers inconvenienced, The Herald Sun reports on Thursday.

"Working on the Woolworths Prahran rooftop car park provides an amazing opportunity to let the citizens of Melbourne become the art themselves," Tunick told the paper.

The Chapel Street Precinct Association (CSPA) has started a petition against Woolworths to reverse the decision, saying it undertook "detailed reconnaissance" before approaching the retailer to ensure there would be no detrimental impact on trade.

"Woolworths is saying no because of 'potential lost revenue'," John Lotton, Executive Chairman of the CSPA said in a statement.

"This decision is ludicrous because Spencer's installation will be finished by 9am and the evidence we have already provided proves this."

Tunick used the United Nations building in New York for his first work and has previously used Melbourne's Yarra River, Sydney's Opera House and New York's Grand Central Station as backdrops for his staged mass nude photos.


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