The emblem and symbol of the freedom of peoples, the Statue of Liberty, has a fascinating history and begins with a brilliant insight of the French Édouard René Lefebvre de Laboulaye. Professor of law, but above all a progressive politician who has always fought for civil rights, Lefebvre de Laboulaye launches the idea of giving a gift to the United States of America to commemorate the hundred years of American independence and as a sign of brotherhood and friendship. An important gift rich in meaning.
Two nations, France and the United States of America who had always pursued ideals of freedom and equality could thus seal their friendship and brotherhood.
It will be the artist and sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, also an idealist and libertarian, and who had already made several commemorative statues for his city, Colmar, to draw the statue of the Statue of Liberty.
Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi was fond of classical ancient art and his statue, like the colossus of Rhodes, would also have been placed in the port of New York.
Universal symbol of the liberty of the people the Statue of Liberty was the first and majestic visual contact that many immigrants have had who, full of hope for new life, arrived in the port of New York.
Its realization has undergone some problems especially financial and for this reason Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi also invented some interesting initiatives of real commercial marketing to obtain the financing of his symbol statue. During its realization some parts of the statue (the head, the arm …) are shown to the public to promote the funding of the initiative.
A museum in his hometown of Colmar retraces the interesting constructive events of this true icon of art and technique. The statue of a height of 93 meters, and weighing 156 tons, begins to be built in 1874.
Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, famous engineer and creator of the Eiffel tower, will build the main structure of the large statue that will be built in the famous French foundry Gaget & Gauthier.
The Statue of Liberty finally departs from France and there are over 200 boxes containing the various pieces of the statue that will arrive in the port of New York in 1885.
Once the imposing pedestal was set up on 28 October 1886, President Cleveland inaugurated the monument.
And it is immediately a huge success and iconic image of the whole world.
One of the most visited and photographed monuments in the world.
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