Liberty Enlightening the World "The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World" was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and ...
Though Frederic Auguste Bartholdi designed the Statue of Liberty, France didn't actually gift the statue to the U.S. It was actually paid for by donation from the American public.
Originally meant to represent the end of slavery in America, you'll see broken chains near the statue's feet.
Originally, Bartholdi had reps sent around the country to get donations to build the statue and left 40 blank medallions on her pedestal where the state's name would be engraved. Unfortunately, the fundraising effort was a complete fail, so those 40 spaces remained blank.
Unlike today, the excitement wore off quickly after the initial grand opening and 6 months later the island was mostly abandoned and the statue was nearly forgotten.
While it is said that the face of Lady Liberty is said to be modeled after Bartholdi's mother Charlotte, it more closely resembles his brother.
Lady Liberty almost spoke to people literally, giving speeches that could be heard all the way to Manhattan. Unfortunately (fortunately?) Thomas Edison didn't get his wish to add a phonograph to the statue to achieve this effect.
You could say that the Statue of Liberty was the reason the Eiffel Tower was built for Paris's World's Fair. The statue was Bartholdi's first ever statue design and paved the way for the tower by getting his name out there as a great statue-designer.
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