45-foot-tall statue of nude woman to stand on National Mall

Sept. 28 (UPI) — A massive statue of a nude woman is set to stand alongside the Washington Monument later this year.

Organizers of Catharsis On The Mall event have launched a crowdfunding campaign seeking $90,000 to transport the 45-foot-tall statue, titled R-Evolution, to Washington D.C.

“R-Evolution is Deja Solis, a woman standing in her strength and power…expressing her humanity; how she feels when she is safe, when she can just be,” the group said.

The National Park Service has granted permission for R-Evolution to stand on the National Mall from November to March as long as volunteers hold a constant vigil around the statue.

“For four months, she will be the focal point of a continuing vigil in support of education and awareness about the Equal Rights Amendment and will be present on the anniversary of the Women’s March on January 21, 2018,” Catharsis On The Mall organizers said.

The vigil will support education and awareness about the Equal Rights Amendment.

R-Evolution is the third in a series of three sculptures by artist Marco Cochran known as “The Bliss Project,” which were inspired by his childhood friend who was a victim of sexual abuse.

“It was incomprehensible, horrible, I never forgot, I never understood…it still haunts me,” Cochran said. “I thought…that man couldn’t have realized my friend was a person…if he really could see her, this wouldn’t have happened.”

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