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The Statue of Liberty
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The Statue of Liberty is a monument in New York Harbor that represents the freedom and opportunity of America. It was presented to the United States by France in 1886 as a symbol of friendship between the two nations.
Sort of a random gift, huh?
No. It’s thoughtful and meaningful. What’s your problem?
I’m just saying, I wouldn’t want someone knocking on my door and being all, like, “Here, take this 150-foot statue as a token of our friendship.”
With an attitude like that, I doubt you have to worry about tokens of friendship.
French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi was commissioned to design the statue. The engineer of the Eiffel Tower, Gustave Eiffel, was brought in to help with the challenge of building a copper statue that size —nearly 152 feet base to torch!
That’s NOT why Eiffel was asked to help.
What are you talking about?
They wanted Eiffel to build a secret compartment in the statue.
What?! That’s crazy talk.
You know, I think I’ve heard something about that, too. . . .
The French frigate Isere transported the Statue of Liberty to the United States from France. She had been reduced to 350 individual pieces and packed in 214 crates for her transit.
Sounds like a lot of work for a “gift.” . . .
Some of her features include:
A tablet in her hands measuring nearly 24 feet tall by 14 feet wide, inscribed with the date JULY IV MDCCLXXVI (July 4, 1776)
7 rays on her crown, one for each continent
154 steps from the pedestal to the head of the statue.
There’s a reason it had to be so tall . . . to make it really hard to get to the top unnoticed!
The Statue of Liberty has become one of the most iconic monuments in the world, identifiable by people on all continents.