The Statue of Liberty Commands New York Harbor and This Fridge Magnet
Standing a grand 46 meters tall, with a further 47 meter boost from the stepping-stool of her pedestal, she has dominated New York Harbor since her erection in 1886. The Statue was originally a gift of the people of France to the Americans as part of a commemoration of the centenary of their 1776 independence. At this time, both nations were Republics whose Constitutions were based upon the shared love of liberty and human rights; and in a world dominated by great monarchies – like Britain, Germany, Russia and Austria-Hungary – the people of the two nations felt a special kinship. However, only the torch-arm was completed for the 1776 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. It took a further 10 years to raise the funds, with money coming from across French society.
A Statue Designed to Stand For Ages
The Statue was constructed to be a durable monument and she has withstood all that time has thrown at her, including the recent Hurricane Sandy – which damaged the island's docks and facilities but did not harm the Statue. The Lady herself is constructed with a skin of copper – originally she shown like a new penny, but the current green color is a natural of oxidation, the interaction of copper with air and water. Inside the Statue, she has a skeleton of steel beams designed by Gustave Eiffel, who later designed the tower that bears his name. She stands on a pedestal, which is in essence a massive granite building. Overall, the building has stood the test of time well, with one major renovation in the early 1980s; when it was reopened in 1986 it was, fittingly, in the presence of both President Reagan of the United States and President Mitterrand of France.