Washington Square Park is filled with artists of all kinds during the summer. On any given day, you can find jazz musicians, sand painters or a man creating giant bubbles out of a questionable bucket of soapy water.
But this weekend, those who visit the park will be met with an altogether different kind of art: naked people. Saturday marks the fourth annual NYC Bodypainting Day, where hundreds of models and artists come together with the common goal of baring it all in the name of free expression.
The event is the brainchild of Andy Golub, who has been promoting nude art in New York for more than a decade. He was also behind the nude body-painting exhibition in Times Square in June, which brought roughly 200 nude painted artists to the tourist area. Saturday's event is poised to be even larger, so get ready to see a sprawling celebration of the human form this weekend.
Registration is still open—artists can paint a model for $50 and models can strip down in the name of art for $100. Check-in for artists begins at 11am, and the live body-painting takes place from noon to 4pm. After the models are all good and painted, they'll take a group photo in front of the iconic arch at Washington Square Park.
If the idea of naked people in a public space gives you the willies, consider avoiding the park altogether (and, you know, growing up).