Anti-Trump activists seek to erect statue of nude woman on National Mall

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Claiming that President Trump has made “derogatory comments” about women, activists have submitted a request to the National Park Service to erect a 45-foot-tall sculpture of a nude woman on the National Mall, where it will stand facing the White House.

“We are hoping that he will see this sculpture and come experience her and change his perspective,” said Julia Whitelaw, one of the partners in the project.

The sculpture, R-Evolution, depicts a nude, short-haired woman and currently stands in San Francisco. It was originally created by Marco Cochrane for the “Burning Man Festival” in 2015, but organizers are wanting to move it to Washington, D.C., in time for the “Catharsis on the Mall,” an event scheduled for Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 10-12, that seeks to instigate social change and raise awareness about the Equal Rights Amendment.

Cochrane said the sculpture invites people to “imagine a world where women are safe and live without fear.”

Plans are to transfer the sculpture to the National Mall in November and leave it there until March 2018.

“That’s a huge amount of time to make a statement,” one activist said in a promotional video on a crowd-funding site intended to help raise the $90,000 it will cost to move the creation.  “We can organize actions around that, and put flowers at her feet,” she continued.

In the past eight days, the group has already raised over $30,000 on the site.

Whitelaw said that Catharsis on the Mall organizers had requested bringing E-Revolution to the National Mall before President Trump was elected, so they claim it’s not specifically directed at the Trump administration.

The New York Times reported that Russell Newell, a spokesman for the Department of the Interior, said in an email that the National Park Service is reviewing the proposal.

Catharsis organizer Robert Haferd said his group was asked by the government for additional details, so he’s confident they’re going to get approval.

One stipulation for a permit requires that Catharsis organizers provide their own volunteers to keep watch over the sculpture–around the clock–for the entire four months, a challenge the group is now facing.

The statue’s purpose is described on the owner’s website, as follows:

“R-Evolution is the third and final sculpture in the series of three monumental sculptures, The Bliss Project, by Marco Cochrane of a woman, Deja Solis, expressing her humanity.  At 45 feet tall, R-Evolution is debuted at Burning Man 2015.  These sculptures are intended to demand a change in perspective… to be catalysts for social change.  They are intended to challenge the viewer to see past the sexual charge that has developed around the female body, which has been used for power and control, to the human being.  They are intended to de-objectify women and inspire men and women to take action to end violence against women, thus allowing both women and men to live fully and thrive.”

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