Lady Liberty

The One and Only

By: Gavin Mock

The Statue of Liberty's Features

The Statue of LIberty is 151 feet and 1 inch tall. One of the statue's eyes is 2 feet and 6 inches long. It's mouth is about as long as a table at 3 feet wide. Although, the biggest feature on the face is the nose at 4 feet and 6 inches long.

To get to the crown of the Statue of LIberty, you have to climb 363 stairs! Inside the crown, there are 25 windows that you can look out of to see all over New York City. The pedestal and statue costed $870,000 in 1880 prices.

Have you ever wondered what the tablet in her hand says? It says "July 4th 1776" in Roman numerals, the date America became independent from Great Britain. Did you ever notice the broken chain around her foot? It's a sign to show how America broke their chain with Great Britain. The seven spikes on her crown represent the seven continents and seven seas. So, the next time you look at the seven spikes, think of the seven continents and seas.

Lady Liberty's First Thoughts

The idea of the Statue of Liberty was born by a man named Edouard de Laboulaye. He wanted it to be for America's 100th birthday as a present from France. He decided to ask for donations from French and American people, instead of money from the government, because they were still recovering from war in Europe.

Laboulaye asked his friend Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi to build the statue. He agreed to do it. Bartholdi was inspired to build Lady Liberty from other classical buildings he saw in his past. Bartholdi made the face to have somewhat of a resemblance to look like his mother. He also put seven spikes on the crown to represent the seven continents and seven seas.

Bartholdi traveled to New York to ask for donations. While he was on the ship to New York, he found a spot for for the statue. He decided to put it where it would welcome sailors. Construction started on Lady Liberty once Bartholdi returned back to France in 1881.

Lincoln's Memorial vs the Lady of Liberty

I know, I know, you're probably thinking that the Statue of Liberty and the Lincoln Memorial have nothing in common. But, it is true they share a few similarities.

One similarity they have is that they both something on them that represents something else. For example, the Statue of Liberty's seven spikes on her crown stand for the seven continents and seas, and the Lincoln Memorial has thirty-six columns for the thirty-six states there were when Lincoln died. They are also both statues of people. Lasty, they both signifie liberty or freedom, Lady Liberty represents their freedom from Britain, and Lincoln's Memorial is to remember the president who freed slaves.

One difference is that Lady Liberty took 9 years to build and the Lincoln Memorial took 8 years to assemble. They are also different because the Lincoln Memorial is of a president and the Statue of Liberty is on a goddess named Ishtar. One last difference is that Lady Liberty was shipped from France and the Lincoln Memorial was built in place. Even though both have lots of differences, they still have a few similarities.

The Statue of Liberty is Green, Why?

Yes, the Statue of Liberty is green. The statue turned fully green around 1920. It turned green from a chemical reaction between water and metal. The Statue of Liberty is made out of copper, which is a type of metal. Copper acts the same as metal, metal rusts and copper turns green. Although, copper turns green because of a layer called patina comes over it to it a greenish color. Patina also protects the copper. Even though the Statue of Liberty is green, this is not a sign of it falling apart.

We Have Lady Liberty Because...

In the 1700's, the colonies were going to war with Great Britain. They were fighting for the liberty of the colonists. One of the colonists allies were France. They were helping the colonies win the American Revolution. In the end, the colonists won the war.

About 90 years later, many French people wanted to give America a gift for their 100th birthday. France wanted it to be from one people to another, not one government to another, so they got money from French and American people. The first thoughts were by Edouard de Laboulaye. That's how we got Lady Liberty.