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Statue of Liberty

Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Date: 1886
Creator(s): Bartholdi, Frédéric , de Laboulaye, Edouard René

Sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi is credited with bringing the concept of the Statue of Liberty to fruition, deriving inspiration from the 19th-century penchance for grandiose monuments. He originally designed the statue for placement at the Suez Canal, but the project was never commissioned. After a promotional trip across America, Bartholdi's ideas finally took hold in 1874, and a Franco-American coalition was formed to fund the project, with the Americans building the base and the French the statue. Bartholdi delivered the statue in pieces: first the arm and torch, then the head, and finally the body.

French engineer Gustave Eiffel designed the intricate skeleton for the statue, an iron frame that supports the copper-sheathed exterior. American architect Richard Morris Hunt designed the pedestal.


  1. Mary J. Shapiro,  How They Built the Statue of Liberty , New York: Random House, 1985.
Tags: Era: 1880-1889
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Statue of Liberty
Public Domain (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty National Monument
New York Harbor
Brooklyn, NY, USA

Statue of Liberty National Monument

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