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A Chapel for Humanity.

Church with Congregation of Nude Statues

Field review by the editors.

North Adams, Massachusetts

Artist Eric Rudd bought an abandoned (but nice) old church, renamed it "A Chapel for Humanity," and spent ten years slowly filling it with over 150 life-size-or-larger lumpy spray foam sculptures of nude people in various colors: red, blue, yellow, etc. Walkways weave among the lumpy people in the sanctuary, permitting close viewing, while the entire crowd can be viewed from the balcony. Rudd calls it "a contemporary sculptural epic."

The Chapel opened in late 2001, and at the last minute Rudd transformed an adjacent room into a 9/11 memorial by suspending lumpy people over a gray terrain.

Church with Congregation of Nude Statues

82 Summer St., North Adams, MA
Downtown. One block south of Main St., on Summer St., between Ashland and Church Sts. Look for the two big brick churches flanking Main St.; it's one block south of that.
Summer W-Su 12-5 pm; Fall Sa-Su 12-5 pm. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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