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Statue of Liberty
A Photographer’s Guide
Andrew Hudson


Looking up at face of Statue of Liberty from Liberty IslandCelso Flores/Flickr

Statue of Liberty

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Face of Statue of Liberty from Liberty IslandKropic1/Shutterstock
Statue of Liberty from Liberty Island FerryPaul Hudson/Flickr
Statue of Liberty with bayMatej Hudovernik/Shutterstock
Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty from the airD Ramey Logan/Wikipedia
Looking up at right side of Statue of LibertyKatharina M/Shutterstock
Statue of Liberty with grass and Fort Wood rightVictor Maschek/Shutterstock
Bronze model of the Statue of LibertyMsSaraKelly/Flickr
Gustave EiffelDavid Ohmer/Flickr
Looking up at body of Statue of LibertyAna Paula Hirama/Flickr
Looking up at right side of Statue of LibertyHolbox/Shutterstock
Original Liberty Flame TorchMsSaraKelly/Flickr
Statue of Liberty and New York skylineISchmidt/Shutterstock
Statue of Liberty with grass and Fort Wood centerShanmuga varadan asoka/Flickr
Interior of Statue of LibertyDaniel Schwen/Wikipedia
Coin-operated binoculars on Liberty IslandMisterweiss/Wikipedia
Statue of Liberty from the US Flag Plaza at Liberty State ParkIced Kola/Wikipedia
View of New York from Statue of Liberty crownErika39/Wikipedia
Looking up at body of Statue of LibertyDerek Jensen/Wikipedia
Looking up at face of Statue of Liberty from Liberty IslandDudva/Wikipedia
Looking up at left side of Statue of LibertyBigmacsc99/Wikipedia
National Park Service buildingKing Of Hearts/Wikipedia
Statue of Liberty with New Jersey buildingsAeypix/Shutterstock


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At a Glance

Name:Statue of Liberty
What:Colossal sculpture in New York welcoming all with a promise of freedom
Fame:Icon of New York
GPS:40.689167, -74.044444
Artist:Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi
Address:New York, NY
Started:September 1875
Sculptor:Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi
Architects:Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, Gustave Eiffel, Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, Richard Morris Hunt
Height:151 feet 1 inch (46 meters), with pedestal 305 feet 1 inch (93 meters)
Address:Liberty Island, Manhattan, New York City,New York, United States
Award:UNESCO World Heritage Site
Visitors:3.2 million (in 2009)
Trivia:The seven rays of the Statue’s crown represent the seven seas and continents of the world

The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, in the United States. The copper statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor, was built by Gustave Eiffel and dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was a gift to the United States from the people of France. The statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States, and was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad.

Bartholdi was inspired by French law professor and politician Édouard René de Laboulaye, who is said to have commented in 1865 that any monument raised to American independence would properly be a joint project of the French and American peoples. He may have been minded to honor the Union victory in the American Civil War and the end of slavery. Due to the post-war instability in France, work on the statue did not commence until the early 1870s. In 1875, Laboulaye proposed that the French finance the statue and the Americans provide the site and build the pedestal. Bartholdi completed the head and the torch-bearing arm before the statue was fully designed, and these pieces were exhibited for publicity at international expositions.

The torch-bearing arm was displayed at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876, and in Madison Square Park in Manhattan from 1876 to 1882. Fundraising proved difficult, especially for the Americans, and by 1885 work on the pedestal was threatened due to lack of funds. Publisher Joseph Pulitzer of the New York World started a drive for donations to complete the project that attracted more than 120,000 contributors, most of whom gave less than a dollar. The statue was constructed in France, shipped overseas in crates, and assembled on the completed pedestal on what was then called Bedloe’s Island. The statue’s completion was marked by New York’s first ticker-tape parade and a dedication ceremony presided over by President Grover Cleveland.

The statue was administered by the United States Lighthouse Board until 1901 and then by the Department of War; since 1933 it has been maintained by the National Park Service. Public access to the balcony surrounding the torch has been barred for safety reasons since 1916.


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