What does the Statue of Liberty represent?
The Statue of Liberty stands for America's highest ideals of freedom. Everyone agreed with Bartholdi, the man who designed and made the Liberty, that his statue should represent "Liberty Enlightening The World"
How tall is the Statue of Liberty?
The hugh Statue grew to 151 feet and 1 inch tall, from the base to the tip of the torch (but with the pedestal and foundation, it is 305 ft). The total weight of the statue is 450,000 pounds.
Where is the Statue of Liberty located?
The statue's location is New York Harbor on Bedloe Island where Fort Hunt stood. Bedloe Island was later renamed Liberty Island.
Why is the Statue of Liberty green?
A mold of copper "skin" was heated and pressed over a frame and hammered by hand. This hammering, called repousse in French, made Liberty strong yet light in weight. Copper turns a green with age and exposure to the elements.
What is the quote on the Statue of Liberty?
Liberty holds a tablet in her arm. The tablet says July IV, MDCCLXXVI (July 4, 1776) in Roman numerals, the date our Declaration of Independence. Poet Emma Lazarus wrote a poem about the new Statue called "The New Colossus". The poem was later put on a plaque inside the pedestal:
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-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Who built the Statue and when was it built?
The idea of Liberty came from Edouard Rene Lefebvre de Laboulaye, a professor of law in Paris. He wished to honor the friendship between the United States and France since the days of the American Revolution. The man who designed and made the Statue of Liberty was Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi. He began sketches for the Statue in 1869, using his mother as the model for Liberty's face.