An artistic mash-up of flesh and bark drew gasps and a chorus of police sirens Saturday at an impromptu photo shoot beneath the majestic canopy of the Angel Oak.
Some 25 people disrobed and posed around the wide, gnarled trunk of the ancient oak as California-based photographer Jack Gescheidt and a documentary film crew recorded the moment in celebration of the tree, which is rumored to be 1,400 years old.
The guerrilla photo shoot was designed to draw attention to the oak’s grandeur and raise concerns about a developer’s plans to build apartments and shops on a larger tract adjacent to the small Johns Island park where the tree lives.
A park staffer grew increasingly agitated as the group scouted out camera angles and possible poses in their initial “dressed rehearsal.” But when the clothes came off, the stunned staffer screamed for them to stop.
“No, no, no, no, no!” she shouted. “You can’t do that here! This is a family park!”