Meet Lady Liberty, New York’s real star

City Tales

Meet Lady Liberty, New York’s real star

City Tales

5 June, 2017

Arguably one of the most iconic symbols of American history,  the Statue of Liberty stands proudly upon Liberty Island in New York Harbor.  Lady Liberty was originally gifted to the US by France in 1886 as a celebration of the common values that united both countries during the French and the American Revolution.

What is the height and the weight of the Statue of Liberty?

It is an euphemism to say that the most famous lady in New York has incredible features. From the base of the pedestal foundation to the tip of the torch, the Statue of Liberty is 305 feet and 6 inches tall (93 meters). She weighs 450,000 pounds (225 tons) and wears a size 879 shoe. Whereas the pedestal was designed and manufactured in the US, France built the statue. In June 1885, she was shipped from Normandy to New York in 350 pieces. Once in New York, it took 4 months to put her back together again.

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Who sculpted the Statue of Liberty?

The Statue of Liberty was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. He discovered his passion for large-scale public monuments and colossal sculptures during a trip to Egypt where he visited the Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza. In 1865, Edouard de Laboulaye, a French jurist and Bartholdi’s friend, proposed that a monument representing freedom and democracy be created for the United States. Bartholdi was assigned with this colossal task, which would lead him to go down in history. It is also worth noting that the designer of the Eiffel Tower in Paris was also involved in her creation. Alexandre Gustave Eiffel designed the iron skeletal framework of the statue so that each individual panel of the copper skin can move independently, allowing the statue to be a flexible structure that can sway with the wind and expand and contract with temperature changes. 

What does the Statue of Liberty represent?

The Statue of Liberty is an universal symbol of freedom. It symbolizes the friendship between the people of France and the US and their mutual fight to promote the Principles of the Enlightenment such as progress, tolerance, fraternity, constitutional government and abolition of slavery. Over the years, the symbolic of the famous statue has evolved to become a figure of hope for immigrants and, later on, the representation of the end of human era in pop culture.   

How many visitors does Lady Liberty get?
Approximately four million people visit the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island each year. It is the fourth most visited monument in the United States.

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