A new, nude monument is on its way to the National Mall. DCist reported that a 45-foot-tall sculpture, called “R-Evolution,” is planned to stand by the Washington Monument, facing the White House, with arms outstretched and multi-day events organized.
The events will include a burn ceremony, dance party, and combination vigil. There are plans to burn at least one ceremonial artwork, but the design has not yet been released. The sculpture is expected to remain at the site from November 2017 through March 2018.
According to the IndieGogo campaign, “[The sculpture is] intended to challenge the viewer to see past the sexual charge that has developed around the female body, to the person: to de-objectify women and inspire people across the world to take action to end violence against women, create space for women’s voices and demand equal rights for all, thus allowing everyone to live fully and thrive.”
So far, over $10,700 have been raised for the project. The goal on Indiegogo is $90,000.
The statue was previously seen at Burning Man in 2015, created by artist Marco Cochrane. The recent efforts to bring the statue to D.C. are not affiliated with Burning Man or its regional events. Instead, the plans are headed by a group, called Catharsis on the Mall, who hope for this year’s theme to be “nurturing the heart.”
In an interview with DCist, Cochrane's creative partner Julia Whitelaw said, "Having that on the Mall in D.C., where she's just standing there holding her own space—just being. It's not aggressive. It's just 'I'm here and I'm not going anywhere. I have a right to be in this space. I have an equal right to be in this space.' It's an incredible message."
If interested in contributing to the Indiegogo campaign, go here.
• “R-Evolution” on the National Mall: Nurturing the Heart [Indiegogo]