History and symbolism behind the Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is one of America’s most significant landmarks, and that’s how it settled off the coast of New York.
The Statue of Liberty is perhaps America’s most iconic monument. This colossal neoclassical sculpture stands proudly on Liberty Island, guarding New York Harbor. It’s a staple for all Americans, few things symbolize the ideals America believes in and aspires to more than itself – even if mistakes and injustices are made along the way. It is the dream of a land of freedom and a refuge for the oppressed. Lady Liberty is a proud symbol of the quest for freedom and a life free from oppression. See other impressive statues around the world here.
About the Statue of Liberty
- Construction date : 1886
- Sculptor: Frederic Auguste Bartholdi of France
The copper statue was a gift from the people of France to the people of America and since the era of movies it has been the scene of countless battle scenes of superheroes (and aliens destroying the earth on Independence Day ). Regardless of Rick & Morty, it’s highly unlikely that a French robot is hiding in the statue waiting to take over the United States, but she is the figure of Libertas – a robed Roman goddess of freedom.
Libertas is of course Latin for “freedom” or “freedom”. She was a politicized goddess during the late Roman Republic. The Greek equivalent of the Roman goddess was Eleutheria who was also the personification of freedom. In 1848 Litertas was depicted on the Great Seal of France – this had a direct influence on Bartholdi to choose her as the symbol of the project.
Inscriptions on Lady Liberty
Famous Lady Liberty holds a torch high in her right hand and a tabula ansata stands to his left. On the tablet is inscribed July IV MDCCLXXVI (i.e. July 4, 1776, in Roman numerals).
Of course, it will be many years before America becomes the real country of those without independence. And at his feet lay broken chains and a broken shackle commemorating the recent abolition of slavery.
The project was funded by donations from various fundraising campaigns beginning in 1882. In one of the efforts, poet Emma Lazarus was asked to write and donate original work for the project. At first she protested saying she couldn’t write a poem on a statue. At the time, there were pogroms in Eastern Europe that uprooted many people and sent them fleeing to New York. Emma worked with these refugees at the time who were victims of anti-Semitism. Inspired by the plight of these future newly arrived Americans, she wrote the sonnet “The New Colossus”. The famous lines are inscribed on the plaque of the Statue.
“Give me your weary, your poor / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free“
The construction and maintenance of the statue
Perhaps one of the first times Lady Liberty appeared on screen as a symbol of welcoming and heralding freedom to America’s millions of immigrants was in Charlie Chaplin’s films. .
- Historical fact : The project that led to the Statue of Liberty was delayed by the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 (where France was crushed by Prussia and Prussia united Germany and created the German Empire)
Interestingly, the torch-bearing head and arm were constructed before the statue was even fully designed. Financing the project was difficult and a lack of funds nearly derailed the project, but ultimately the statue was built in France and then shipped to New York in crates.
Originally, Lady Liberty was a dull copper color because she is made of copper. But it started to have the green patina after 1900 due to the oxidation of its copper skin. In 1906, it was completely covered with the oxidation layer and it had completely changed color. At first it was feared that corrosion would damage the statue and it had to be painted to protect it. But on closer inspection, it was found that it did not damage the statue.
Therefore, if any exterior parts need to be replaced now, they must be weathered and oxidized before installation, otherwise, there would be copper-colored copper pieces on it.
- Former name: Liberty Island was formerly called Bedloe’s Island
- President: The dedication ceremony was presided over by President Grover Cleveland
Today, the statue is open to the public and is maintained by the National Park Service as part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. Sadly, for over a hundred years the public has been locked out of the torch – it seems only the X-Men can access it. Previously it was administered by the United States Lighthouse Board until 1901 when it fell under the jurisdiction of the War Department for some reason until 1933.
- Restoration projects: The statue had continuous restoration projects in 1938, 1984-1986, 2011-2012
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