New York City wouldn’t be complete without the 305-foot statue personifying “liberty” in the form of a woman, displaying the torch in the statue’s right hand and a tablet clutched on its left arm. Here’s a walking tour of the Liberty Island brought to you by the Homeless Penthouse crew.
Just a quick history run to complete the virtual tour. The colossal statue commemorates the friendship of the U.S and France; With its leading sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi in France back in 1875 using constructed copper sheets that were hammered and assembled by hand originally designed by Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc and Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel. This magnanimous piece was presented to Levi Morton (which was the American minister to France) in Paris on July 4, 1884, and was shipped to NYC and mounted on the pedestal in October 1886. By 1916, the torch was converted and modified to feature a functional light on it as a navigational aid for the former Army post. During the mid-80s, the statue was repaired and restored for its centennial celebration in July 1986.
It was declared a national monument in 1924 and was also added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1984. Before it was named Liberty Island, it was an operational Army post named Fort Wood, which was later deactivated in 1937 hence being renamed and converted to the infamous Liberty Island.
Interestingly, there are several facts you should know about the Statue of Liberty. Here are several things you probably don’t know yet about the Iconic piece.
- The spikes are symbolic. A remarkable piece on her head shows the points on her crown represent the seven continents and seven oceans of the world. Which indeed was a universal concept of Liberty.
- It has served as a lighthouse. The installation of light in her torch was done for navigational purposes back in the years. Her brightness guided ships and sailors home after a long trip from the ocean for Sixteen years from 1886 to 1902.
- She ain’t green or blue. The color of the statue has initially been orangey copper; due to copper’s oxidation, the original color has been slightly damaged, resulting in corroded copper.
- Broken chains on Liberty’s feet. Although it can’t be seen clearly, the statue stands among a fragmented shackle, with her right foot forward; it depicts her moving upwards, away from oppression and slavery.
- A Roman goddess. The statue was modelled after the Roman goddess of freedom, Libertas.
And the list goes on for The Statue of Liberty, the above mentioned are just a few of the many. A symbol of freedom, hope, and justice, to fully conclude this patriotic piece, here’s Emma Lazarus’ sonnet entitled “The New Colossus” (1883):