How did the Statue of Liberty get built?

How did the Statue of Liberty get built?

Laboulaye suggested in 1875 that the French fund the statue while the United States furnish the land and build the pedestal. Bartholdi finished the head and torch-bearing arm before the rest of the statue was finished, and these components were displayed at several international expositions. The American government agreed to pay for the remainder of the statue if Laboulaye's company would manufacture it here.

The statue was shipped piece by piece across the Atlantic Ocean in a series of mostly unsuccessful attempts beginning in 1884. It was finally completed in 1886 after several more attempts had failed. The statue now stands in New York Harbor as a symbol of freedom for all people.

Where was the statue built?

Auguste Bartholdi, a French artist, backed de Laboulaye's vision and began creating the monument of "Liberty Enlightening the World" in 1870. In 1871, while creating the monument, Bartholdi visited the United States. During the journey, Bartholdi chose Bedloe's Island as the location for the statue. He also decided to include some references to America in the sculpture.

Bartholdi died in 1935 without seeing his dream come true but not before he sold several copies of the model he had been working on to pay for his health expenses. The original model is now on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Bedloe's Island is located in Upper New York Bay between Jersey City, New Jersey and Lower Manhattan, across from Battery Park. The island was named after David Bedell, who owned the land where the prison stood. It was acquired by the government in 1797 and used first as a military fort and then as a prison until it was closed in 1825.

The statue was unveiled on April 13, 1884. It stands about 14 feet high and weighs 11 tons. The inscription on the base states that the statue is "To the glory of God and in honor of our own country."

American artists have also created other famous sculptures in America. One example is "Jacob Lawrence's" statue of Moses which is located in the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.

What is the origin of the Statue of Liberty?

The huge statue was a gift from France and the creation of French artist Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, who built it when dismayed by the ruins and wretchedness of his own nation following defeat by Germany in the Franco-Prussian War. He sculpted the head of its copper sheathing after studying photographs of America taken by the photographer William Henry Jackson. The face of the sculpture is based on one of these photos, that of an American Indian woman.

Bartholdi began work on the statue in 1872 and it was completed four years later at a cost of $2.5 million (today's money). The arm holding the torch had been prepared separately and mounted on the pedestal afterwards. Bartholdi chose to place the statue in New York City because he believed that it would have the greatest impact on the world audience.

After its installation in New York Harbor in 1884, the statue became a symbol for freedom around the world. In 1989, Congress designated the Statue of Liberty National Monument, thereby protecting it from future destruction or modification.

Today, the face of the statue is illuminated during the night time hours as part of a national monument tourism campaign.

In addition to its role as a monument, the statue has become a popular subject for artists and photographers.

Is the Statue of Liberty a man-made landmark?

While it is now an iconic part of American history, the statue was initially planned and built in France and was donated by France in appreciation of the two nations' friendship.... The statue's hair, skin, and fingernails are made of copper, which has been treated to resist corrosion from the elements.

Copper is a metal that is both resistant and attractive to wear. Because of this, many things people eat and drink will not damage statues made of copper. However, certain foods can cause problems for the eyes or throat of someone who views the statue without protection from harmful rays. Certain liquids too hot or cold can also be dangerous if ingested.

For these reasons, the statue is usually protected by a plastic helmet with glass eyes. However, you can see right through the plastic if you look hard enough. For this reason, children should be warned not to stare at the statue for long periods of time... Even with protective gear, visitors should never touch the statue or its surroundings. If anything feels warm, they should call security immediately.

The statue is on an island in the New York Harbor, accessible by ferry from Manhattan.

It was created by French artist Frederic Auguste Bartholdi as a gift for the United States. It was designed to represent the ideals of liberty and democracy.

About Article Author

Leonard Dyson

Leonard Dyson is the kind of person who will stay up late to answer questions or help out friends with projects. He's an expert in many different areas, and loves to share what he knows. Leonard has been working in construction for almost 30 years, and he never seems to get bored of learning new things.

Disclaimer

BindleyHardwareCo.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Related posts