Spencer Tunick takes 65 Rheinmaidens down to the Isar in Flaucher
|Blue Maidens – The daughters
of river Isar or how to smurf for gold
If you’ve woken up once at 2 in the morning to cycle to an event where you are going to run around naked for an artist like Spencer Tunick, you can do it again I guess.
But the next morning?
Well, it had left me with a post-battlefield-bath, shades of pink in my hair and a continual blushed appearance... But I guess I don’t learn, I came back for more!
Nightbus to the Zoo
Security must have done a good job of picking them out like lice off the fleece as there was no sign of them when we arrived at the Flaucher island. Another group of spirited overnighters were pleasantly surprised by our visit, but had to be held back by security, so that the installation could go on as planned.
Flaucher - Blue in the morning – smurf
|Well for us it was different. The blue color
we were handed was incredible. A pot of bodymakeup like handpaint, just
waiting to Avatar you when you touch it... Putting it on did the magic
again, but now even stronger. The morning before it was red for me and
the rising of over 1200 other reds at the same time. This was just us maidens.
On the island where two streams of the Isar meet, the weir behind us with
its sound of rushing water, the coolness and humidity of this night saying
good bye, the draft coming up from the water gargling by…
Becoming something else, changing into something unbeknownst with every streak of blue being applied was weaving its spell.
|The more blue, the more we became sisters.
The less white spots we helped each other to get rid off, we all became
– the Isarmaidens, the daugthers of this river…
So there we stood. Freezing and shivering. Out of our natural habitat.
Fog rising over blue damsels
|Honestly, out of the water I guess the maidens
lost their ability to glide, as we more or less stumbled or storked on
those cobbles trying to evade the odd broken glass from the broken bottles
people now seem to like to leave as a sign of “I had fun here, so nobody
else will enjoy this place afterwards anymore”…
But we reached the structure and there we waited for all of us to crowd around. Shivering and waiting. While the videographer started to complain that there was fog. Fog? Well, actually what was disturbing his vision was the fact that our body temperature was higher than the surrounding air and from our bodies that “fog” emanated, like breath turned to steam when the temperature is too low!
|It didn’t take long until this difference
in temperature was equalized (guess who dropped down?!) and Spencer told
us to drape ourselves on the structure.
In the middle of this process we heard bike brakes screeching and thought it was a surprised cyclist being overwhelmed by this happening. Security was on him in no time, but as we found out the next day it had been a photographer who actually managed to get a snapshot of blue and gold through the bushes and sold that to the newspaper…
Photo: Wendy Bell
|Wrapping in golden antifreeze
Stepping down and putting the overalls on, topping them up with our clothes we were also handed out golden antifreeze foils. What an image. Like smurf philosophers in golden togas we then walked with shattering teeths down to the busses. Tourists stopping some of us to get a fan photo embracing carefully…
The challenge of desmurfing – when blue,
get a friend!
|And with a bathtub and the use a bit of water
to lather the skin, my friend holding the showerhead to water it down while
I sat in the bath and scrubbed like crazy – I desmurfed good enough to
get out that night.
To make up for blue-ish nails I have found
a great blue nail polish (which also acts as a nice reminder) as cover,
the blue-ish streaks in my hair – well they got fainter, but still, three
weeks later, I have some blue on the soles of my feet … and I HAD a pedicure
Let’s go green next time?
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