Meet the 45-Foot Woman Who Could Stand on the National Mall

Organizers of an arts festival have launched a crowdfunding campaign to bring a 45-foot statue of a naked woman to stand on the National Mall facing the White House.

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Vladimir Herrera
A National Park Service spokesman said officials are reviewing a permit application for the erection of the statue.

n"As with all First Amendment activities, our review is to ensure public safety and that park resources and values are protected; we do not take into consideration content of the message presented," spokesman Mike Litterst said in an email.

nIf the statue did get a permit, it would have to be attended at all times.

nA vigil around the statue would be held in support of the Equal Rights Amendment, artist Marco Cochrane said.
R-Evolution premiered at the 2015 Burning Man Festival, an annual arts festival in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada where attendees burn an effigy. R-Evolution can be pronounced two ways: “our evolution” and “revolution.” The artists say it is up to your own interpretation.
Doug Sanford
Catharsis on the Mall will celebrate its third year in November. R-Evolution will be the centerpiece -- if the group meets its $90,000 crowdfunding goal. This year’s theme is “nurturing the heart.”
Gianamaria Conti
The statue is made of welded steel rods, stainless steel mesh skin and interactive lighting. It's intended to make a strong statement condemning violence against women, Cochrane said. Cochrane said he was inspired to build the statue because of a childhood experience with a friend who was sexually abused. “The guy must not have seen her as a person,” Cochrane said. “If he had, he wouldn’t have done this.”
Galen Oaks Art
Artists Marco Cochrane says he wants people who see the statue to ask, "What would the world be like if women were safe?"
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