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Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty stats box
Lady Liberty by the numbers

The Statue of Liberty was built as a monument commemorating the centenary of the Declaration of Independence

Constructed by the French, the Statue of Liberty was designed as a colossal copper statue. Gustave Eiffel, the designer of the Eiffel Tower, was asked to build a massive iron pylon and a skeletal framework to act as the support for the sculpture.

While remaining fixed to its steel frame, the structure was able to move in the wind – subsequently, wind speeds of 50 miles per hour have been recorded, and the statue has been known to sway up to three inches under pressure.

Entire Statue of Liberty
The statue’s full name is “Liberty Enlightening the World”

 

The pedestal, crafted from Scottish sandstone, was built in the USA. Once this was erected, it was time to assemble the statue proper. Parts of the statue were shipped from France. They arrived in 350 pieces and were packed into 214 crates. It took four months to assemble the statue and secure it on the pedestal.

The pedestal is supported by two sets of iron girders which are connected by iron tie beams – these extend upwards into the framework of the statue creating a strong link from the ground. The Statue of Liberty was originally designed as a lighthouse and functioned as such from 1886 to 1902. It housed an electric light that could be seen several miles out to sea.

 

Statue of Liberty with annos
Take a tour of one of New York’s most famous attractions (click to zoom)

 

Statue of Liberty head to head
How many different ways has Hollywood destroyed the Statue of Liberty? (click to zoom)

 

 

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