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The Statue of Liberty
Transcript of The Statue of Liberty
The Liberty in Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty stands on the New York Harbor in New York City. Lady Liberty was a gift from the France. The statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States: a welcoming signal to immigrants arriving from abroad. The seven spikes on her crown stand for the seven continents and seven seas.
How It All Began
The Statue of Liberty was a joint effort between France and the United States, intended to commemorate the lasting friendship between the people of the two nations. The French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi created the statue itself out of sheets of hammered copper, while Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, the man behind the famed Eiffel Tower, designed the statue’s steel framework.
The people of France gave the Statue to the people of the United States over one hundred years ago in recognition of the friendship established during the American Revolution. Over the years, the Statue of Liberty's symbolism has grown to include freedom and democracy as well as this international friendship.
The Statue was completed in France in July, 1884 and arrived in New York Harbor in June of 1885 on board the French frigate "Isere" which transported the Statue of Liberty from France to the United States. In transit, the Statue was reduced to 350 individual pieces and packed in 214 crates. The Statue was re-assembled on her new pedestal in four months time.
How the Statue of Liberty got to New York
The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
"The New Colossus" is a sonnet by American poet Emma Lazarus, written in 1883. In 1903, the poem was engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted inside the lower level of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Written on this plaque is:
The statue’s full name is Liberty Enlightening the World
The total overall height from the base of the pedestal foundation to the tip of the torch is 305 feet, 6 inches
There are 154 steps from the pedestal to the head of the Statue of Liberty
During the restoration completed in 1986, the new torch was carefully covered with thin sheets of 24k gold
Lady Liberty wears a size 879 shoe
By: Diane and Samara