The National Park Service denied a permit for a 45-foot tall naked woman statue on the National Mall on Thursday.
Catharsis on the Mall, a healing vigil meant to take place from November 10-12, requested to place the statue on the National Mall until March 7. The statue, meant to promote women’s equality, would have faced the White House.
In a statement by NPS, it was determined that “some proposed structures would be inconsistent with established resource protection guidelines and the public’s use and enjoyment of the National Mall.”
According to the statement, both the statue and a memorial temple were denied permits as they would likely damage the Mall’s turf and soil, requiring replacement. In addition to that, NPS says there’s a 5-day time restriction on temporary structures as set forth by the National Mall Turf Management Guidelines. The statue was originally proposed to remain for 119 days while the temple was proposed to remain for 91 days.
The statement also said that the statue itself would distract from the Mall’s “significant historic features.” A permit was granted for more than 30 other temporary structures during the event.
A Spokeswoman for the group, Catharsis on the Mall told WUSA 9 they are now looking for lawyers to sue the National Park Service.
“I believe this is the Trump Administration’s ongoing pursuit to silence women,” said Natalie White, the COTM Spokeswoman. White also tells WUSA 9 they plan to apply for a second permit that includes 44ft. scaffolding so they can hang a banner showing the image of a nude sculpture if the group can’t bring it to the National Mall.
The much-buzzed about statue, called “R-Evolution,” first debuted during the 2015 Burning Man Festival in the Nevada Desert. The artist, Marco Cochrane, created to combat a culture that dehumanizes women.
In order to safely transport and assemble the massive statue, the event organizers started crowdfunding for the necessary $90,000. As of Thursday, they’ve met 73 percent of their goal.