Tales from the office - the adventures of Papa Smurf
July 13, 2016 7:50am CST
At lunch today I found out why one of the women has been calling one of our dining companions 'Papa Smurf'. It turns out that he - a normally rather shy and self-efacing chap - had been to Hull at the weekend to take part in an event that's part of the preparations for the 'City of Culture' events next year. Basically, he stripped naked and painted himself blue. Yes, you read that correctly. He, his wife and thousands of other volunteers, removed their clothes and painted their naked bodies with one of four shades of blue body paint and then got photographed lying around the streets. He said that he spent a lot of time trying not to look anywhere that he shouldn't and hoping that it wouldn't rain and wash off his paint. Apparently the paint DIDN'T wash off quite as easily as he'd hoped and he came to work on Monday looking a bit like an extra from Avatar - hence the new nickname, Papa Smurf. In total more than 3000 volunteers took part in photographer Spencer Tunick's 'event' which was named 'Sea of Hull'. The photos will not be seen until next year during the City of Culture celebrations.
More than 3,000 people strip naked in Hull and are painted blue for a Spencer Tunick photo shoot to mark the City of Culture festival.
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