6 scores and 5 years ago (1886), New York City’s (and subsequently the whole of the republic of the United States was deemed complete.

Since then, the Statue of Liberty has been an enduring symbol of human endurance, heartaches, remembrance, and eventual triumphs.

Originally, the statue was proposed by the French and primarily followed through by Frédéric Bartholdi. Much fund raising and planning was done by Bartholdi and company to get it to such level. It wasn’t an easy ride.

Some rarely talked about facts, and items, myself, wasn’t aware.

  1. Bartholdi and Laboulaye (co-designers) considered how best to express the idea of American liberty.
  2. Bartholdi’s early models were all similar in concept: a female figure in neoclassical style representing liberty, wearing a stola and pella (gown and cloak, common in depictions of Roman goddesses) and holding a torch aloft.
  3. The face was modeled after that of Charlotte Beysser Bartholdi, the sculptor’s mother.
  4. Bartholdi considered having Liberty hold a broken chain, but decided this would be too divisive in the days after the Civil War
  5. Bartholdi was a sculptor, in profession.
  6. Bartholdi’s passion to build a large sculpture was from his prior year proposal to the Viceroy of Egypt; to erect a similar statuesque symbol just like the Colossus of Rhodes: an ancient bronze statue of the Greek god of the sun, Helios.
  7. The finished statue does rise over a broken chain, half-hidden by her robes and difficult to see from the ground.
  8. Bartholdi chose to inscribe “JULY IV MDCCLXXVI” on the tablet, associating the date of the country’s Declaration of Independence with the concept of liberty.
  9. Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel wasn’t the first choice for construction.
  10. Eiffel’s design made the statue one of the earliest examples of curtain wall construction, in which the exterior of the structure is not load bearing, but is instead supported by an interior framework.
The Statue has been with the country for a long time. Lets appreciate it for just 1 minute, as a symbol for the best of what our country offers.
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