The Statue of Liberty
BY Natalie M.J. & Karla C.
Origins of the Statue of Liberty
Reason the Statue was Built
Building the Lady Liberty
Work on the statue didn't begin until 1875. Bartholdi called this "Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World" which portrayed a woman holding a torch in her raised right hand as well as a tablet with the engraved date "July 4, 1776." The woman's face is said to have been modeled after Bartholdi's mother. He hammered large copper sheets to create the statues "skin," using a technique called repousse. The skeleton, created by Eiffel as well as Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, was made of iron pylon and steel, held the copper plates. When the statue was completed in 1885, it was taken apart and then shipped to New York where workers resembled the statue and was places on the pedestal.
- Lady Liberty wears a size 879 shoe
- Visitors have to climb 354 stairs to reach the statue’s crown
- 305 feet and 1 inch tall
- Total weight of the Statue of Liberty is 225 tons (or 450,000 pounds)
- She has a 35 foot waist line