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Body-paint artist blends models into NYC landmarks

By Ula Ilnytzky - Source: http://www.brooklyneagle.com/
With the Manhattan Bridge behind them, artist Trina Merry, left, poses with model Jessica Mellow after painting her to blend into the bridge, in Brooklyn. AP Photo/Rachelle Blidner

With the Manhattan Bridge behind them, artist Trina Merry, left, poses with model Jessica Mellow after painting her to blend into the bridge, in Brooklyn. AP Photo/Rachelle Blidner

New York City’s streets are Trina Merry’s studio, and the naked body is her canvas.

She creates remarkable images that seamlessly camouflage her mostly nude models into New York City’s skyline, blending them into the details of the Empire State Building, the Manhattan Bridge, Central Park and other famous landmarks.

The art form, preserved in photographs, is the result of a meticulous process that relies on models who must hold their pose perfectly still for hours and of New York City’s relatively liberal laws that have no problem with a woman standing topless in the middle of a busy street.

Merry says she came up with the idea for the series after moving to New York from the San Francisco area this year.

“I wanted to engage the city and understand it and make some observations,” Merry said. “So instead of a person right in front of the Empire State building or the Statue of Liberty, they’re softly in the background, and you’ve got more of a reflective view of the person within the landscape.”

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