Building the Statue of Liberty


The Statue of Liberty is often considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is located on Liberty Island in middle of the New York harbour. It depicts Lady Liberty enlightening the world and welcoming all immigrants to the United States. This statue was a gift from the people of France and was dedicated in October 1886. This statue is an icon of freedom and the date of American Declaration of Independence has been inscribed on it. The Americans provided the site and built the Pedestal while French crafters made the statue.

The concept of the statue was presented by a great sculptor named Fredric. The work for building the statue started in 1874 and after two years, a piece of this monument, the hand holding the torch, was completed in Paris. After that, the head was finished and exhibited in a Paris Exhibition. The entire statue was finished in 1883 with 350 separate parts, easily the biggest statue in the world. A vast amount of labourers worked for 10 years to prepare this great monument. The Americans started work on the pedestal, which was 89 feet tall by 91 feet square at the base. This pedestal was also a monolithic structure made of concrete.

People have immense respect for the Statue of Liberty. The total height of statue is 151 feet and the hand alone is 16 ft., 5 in. This statue has been maintained by the National Park Service since 1933. In 1984, a huge part of the monument and the entire torch were replaced due to deterioration. The statue, including its pedestal, remained closed in between for the renovation and also for the safety reasons. The statue still provides the light that is very helpful as guide for shipping. This great figure looks amazing at night and actually it brightens the world.

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