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45-Foot Female Sculpture Could Head to National Mall

3 October 2017
R-Evolution debuted at Burning Man in 2015 and the 45-foot sculpture could head to the National Mall this fall.
R-Evolution debuted at Burning Man in 2015 and the 45-foot sculpture could head to the National Mall this fall.
(Catharsis on the Mall)

Organizers of an annual vigil held at DC's National Mall plan to temporarily move a 45-foot sculpture of a female nude there to face the White House as part of a November gathering of activists.

The "R-Evolution" sculpture stands tall in mountain pose, a yoga posture, and was first created for the 2015 Burning Man festival.

A fundraising petition to transport the piece from San Francisco has generated so far about 34% of the $90,000 in funds needed:

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. R-Evolution is the third in a series of three monumental sculptures, The Bliss Project, by artist Marco Cochrane conceived of in collaboration with model Deja Solis, these sculptures are intended to demand a change in perspective… to be agents for social change.  They are 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.

Standing 45 feet tall, R-Evolution was first brought to Burning Man in 2015 by Marco, partner Julia Whitelaw, and the Bliss Crew, and with your help, we will install her in front of the Washington Monument, facing the White House.

R-Evolution has been preliminary approved by the National Park Service for Catharsis on the Mall, November 9-12, 2017, coinciding with Veterans Day, and through March 2018.  Upon recieving the final permit, for up to 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 is an annual vigil for healing where artists, activists, D.C. community, and passers-by, join together to let go, hold space, share, sing, burn a Burning Man-inspired temple, and dance until sunrise.  All are welcome to this free public event.  In its inaugural year, Catharsis focused on healing from the drug war, and last year, Catharsis highlighted Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the immediate wake of the election.  This year, Catharsis has chosen the art theme “Nurturing the Heart,” and along with its partners, including Equal Means Equal, invites volunteers to continue the vigil to raise awareness about the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

Read more at New York Times