Statue of Liberty Facts

UNIVERSAL SYMBOL OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM

The Statue of Liberty was was completed October 23, 1886 and formally dedicated by President Grover Cleveland on October 28, 1886.

PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES

  • The Statue is 305' 1" tall from the bottom of the base to the tip of the torch
  • 62,000 pounds of copper
  • The statue is green from the natural oxidation of the copper
  • Copper sheeting is 3/32 thick. about the width of 2 pennies
  • 250,000 pounds of steel
  • Weight of the concrete foundation is 54,000,000 pounds
  • There are 7 rays to the crown, representing the 7 continents and seas
  • The crown has 25 windows
  • The tablet reads July 4, 1776 in Roman numerals
  • Lady Liberty is said to be modeled after the sculptors mother

IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTORS

  • Edouard de Laboulaye
    "The Father of the Statue of Liberty"
  • Frederic-Aguste Bartholdi
    Sculptor who designed the Statue
  • Eugene Viollet-le-duc
    The original architect hired to design a support structure
  • Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel
    The engineer/architect who replaced Eugene Viollet-le-duc to design the internal support structure of the Statue
  • William Maxwell Evarts
    American Committee charman for the Statue of Liberty
  • Richard Butler
    American Committee Secretary
  • Richard Morris Hunt
    Architect who designed the Statue's pedestal
  • Charles P. Stone
    Chief engineer for the construction of the Statue's pedestal
  • Joseph Pulitzer
    Newspaper publisher who raised the money to complete the pedestal's construction
  • Emma Lazarus
    Poet who wrote "The New Colossus" to raise money for the pedestal




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