Nicknames: Miss Liberty, The Green Lady
Location: Liberty Island, New York Harbor
Built Between: 1884-1886
Weight: 225 tons (excluding the pedestral)
Hand 16.5 ft,
Ear 2.5 ft,
Mouth 3 ft.
The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture designed by the Frenchman Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. It was built by Gustave Eiffet and dedicated on October 28, 1886.
It represents a gift to the Unites 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.
A ceremony of dedication was held on the afternoon of October 28, 1886. President Grover Cleveland, the former New York governor, presided over the event. On the morning of the dedication, a parade was held in New York City; estimates of the number of people who watched it ranged from several hundred thousand to a million. President Cleveland headed the procession, then stood in the reviewing stand to see bands and marchers from across America. General Stone was the grand marshal of the parade.
"Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free", that is inscribed on a plaque in the museum in its base.