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 Statue of Liberty, that his statue should represent "Liberty Enlightening The World"
How tall is the Statue of Liberty?
The hugh Statue of Liberty 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 of Liberty is 450,000 pounds.
Where is the Statue of Liberty located?
The Statue of Liberty'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 the Statue of 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?
Statue of 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 Statue of Liberty called "The New Colossus". The poem was later put on a plaque inside the Statue of Liberty's 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 of Liberty and when was it built?
The idea of the Statue 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 of Liberty in 1869, using his mother as the model for the Statue of Liberty's face.
More Statue of Liberty facts and history:
• The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in 1886, a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States.
• The Statue of Liberty was built in Paris at the workshop of Gaget, Gauthier et Cie. A small 9-foot model was made first. Then, a large 36-foot model showed workman how big each section of the Statue of Liberty should be at full size.
• Bartholdi, the artist, went to his friend Gustave Eiffel to design a frame to support the Statue of Liberty. Gustave was the same man who later designed the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris.
• The Statue of Liberty copper "skin" was very thin, less than the thickness of two pennies.
• The Statue of Liberty had been taken apart in France and was shipped to New York in 200 crates.
• When the Statue of Liberty was finished, it needed a pedestal to stand on. Joseph Pulitzer, an immigrant who was publisher of the New York World newspaper, started a fundraising drive that quickly raised $100,000.
• Richard Hunt, a famous American architect trained in Paris, designed the Statue of Liberty pedestal. It was 89 feet high, and the last stone was set in 1886.
• There is an elevator inside the pedestal that takes you up to a balcony inside the Statue of Liberty.
• There are 168 steps you must climb to get to the Statue of Liberty's head.
• Through the 25 "jewel" windows of her crown, you can now see both New York and New Jersey.