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World Wonder Finalist: The Statue of Liberty

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Sculpted by a French artist, the Statue of Liberty is an enduring symbol of the United States.
Symbol of Freedom on Liberty Island

The Statue of Liberty in New York, USA

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Towering over Liberty Island in New York, the Statue of Liberty is recognized around the world as a symbol of the United States. French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi designed the Statue of Liberty, which was a gift from France to the United States.

Fast Facts About the Statue of Liberty:

  • Construction began in France in 1875.
  • Ten years later in 1885, a French transport ship carried the statue to New York in 214 crates holding 350 separate pieces.
  • Height: 151 feet 1 inch; Total height on pedestal: 305 feet 1 inch.
  • Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel used an internal skeleton, a flexible engineering approach that allows the statue to sway several inches in strong winds.
  • Weight of statue: 156 tons (31 tons of copper attached to 125 tons of framework).
  • Liberty's Crown has 25 windows and 7 rays.
  • Liberty's head is 10 feet wide; each eye is 2 1/2 feet wide; her nose is 4 1/2 feet long; her mouth is 3 feet wide.

The Statue of Liberty was assembled on a pedestal designed by American architect Richard Morris Hunt. The statue and pedestal were officially completed and dedicated by President Grover Cleveland on October 28, 1886.

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