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.
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DusttoAshes
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.
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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.”
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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.”
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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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