Baring It All For The Sake Of The Dead Sea

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window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || []; function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);} gtag('js', new Date()); gtag('config', 'UA-160618588-3'); By Abigail Klein Leichman When 200 men and women shed their clothing in the desert for a photo shoot on Oct. 17, it wasn’t for a risqué movie or social media stunt. Rather, the project is designed to bring attention to the deterioration of Israel’s Dead Sea and the opening of the Dead Sea Museum in nearby Arad. This was the third such photo session by American art photographer Spencer Tunick. A decade ago, he gathered some 1,100 people for an in-the-buff shoot at a Dead Sea beach that no longer exists. Spencer Tunick, left, with Arad Mayor Nisan Ben-Hamo ahead of this year’s photoshoot. (Doron Orgil) The salty lake in the Judean desert does not receive enough freshwater to replenish itself and is heavily mined for minerals. Therefore, the water level drops about a meter (equivalent to a yard) per year and the ground caves in. “The original installation site has all but disappeared and is no longer accessible due to dangerous sinkholes,” Tunick said. In 2016, he returned for a smaller and more covert shoot at another point along the shore. That site, too, has fallen...

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