New York’s invisible woman

Her models meld into the grey Manhattan skyline as if they're made of mirrors and glass.
Now body artist Trina Merry has spoken about her head-turning technique, painstakingly painting women so they blend in with New York's landmarks, after her incredible creations made headlines around the world.
The 33-year-old shuns studios and canvases, instead letting her nude models camouflage seamlessly into the world around them. [13 photos total]

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Jessica Mellow models the Brooklyn Bridge. Artist Trina Merry uses sophisticated body painting techniques to blend models into the background in her quirky photographs. She has created numerous other scenes using makeup. (Bodypaintings by Trina Merry) #
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In this July 29, 2014 photo, with the Manhattan Bridge behind them, artist Trina Merry, left, poses with model Jessica Mellow after painting her to blend into the bridge, in the Brooklyn, New York. Merry says it takes about six hours to complete a work, which is preserved in photographs before it is quickly washed away. (Rachelle Blidner/AP Photo) #
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In this July 29, 2014 photo, model Jessica Mellow closes her eyes as her face is painted by Trina Merry in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Bebeto Matthews/AP Photo) #
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The Gotham Skyline is modeled by Amy Hope. (Bodypaintings by Trina Merry) #
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Willem DeKooning's Studio as seen with his granddaughter, Lucy, modeling (Bodypaintings by Trina Merry) #
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Ica Paru models the Guggenheim. (Bodypaintings by Trina Merry) #
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Brooklyn Bridge, as modeled by Jessica Mellow. (Bodypaintings by Trina Merry) #
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Nahyoung Park models Central Park. (Bodypaintings by Trina Merry) #
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Amy Hope models Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. (Bodypaintings by Trina Merry) #
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Behind the scenes: The painstaking works by Trina Merry (left) take hours to create and have to be done in public, leading passers-by to gawk in wonder (Bodypaintings by Trina Merry) #
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The artist must wait until there is no chance of rain. In one shoot, she had to repaint her model after a van that was in the background drove away. (Bodypaintings by Trina Merry) #
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Nothing to see here: During this shoot last week, a police officer stopped and spoke to the artist after receiving a complaint about her unusual work. The law in New York has been laid down after decades of legal wrangling and firmly allows people to be nude in public if it is for the purpose of a performance or artistic expression. (Bodypaintings by Trina Merry) #
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Checking the results: The photographs by Trina Merry have made headlines around the world with their otherworldly way of making the models blend in with the city. (Bodypaintings by Trina Merry) #

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