Wall Street gets a nude awakening as naked actors descend on financial district at 7am
Last updated at 9:00 PM on 2nd August 2011
A group of 50 men and women descended upon New York's financial district at 7am where they proceeded to remove all their clothing in front of bemused onlookers.
The 'actors' impersonated Wall Street workers - everything from janitors and street vendors to stock traders and prostitutes.
Nude awakening: A man wears a tie and socks as he participates in a performance art piece outside the New York Stock Exchange on Monday morning
Police arrested two men and one woman and charged them with disorderly conduct.
They said that Eric Anderson, 31, and Andrew Mattocks, 20, both of Brooklyn, removed all their clothes, and Christine Coleman, 22, of Queens, was topless.
It is not clear why they were the only three who were arrested. They were later released with a caution.
The disrobing is said to have been part of a five-minute public-art performance called Ocularpation: Wall Street.
New York based artist Zefrey Throwell created the show, which he has been planning for more than a year.
In the buff: An actor does his morning exercises in New York's financial district first thing on Monday morning
The actors occupied several blocks across Wall Street and mimicked workers for the first two minutes fully clothes, then one minute naked, and then put their clothes back on for the final two minutes.
Mr Throwell said the performance was designed to be an 'absurd critique' of the lack of transparency on Wall Street.
He said: 'It was an education project to shed light on who actually works on the streets of Wall Street.'
According to the Wall Street Journal, Mr Throwell wanted to shed light on the plight of his mother, a retired public school teacher who had to return to work in her fifties after losing her savings in the economic collapse.
He said he spent several months interviewing about 200 Wall Street workers to create the performance.
Actors spent several months rehearsing.
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