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Rare photos of the statue of Liberty

Designed by Frederic Bartholdi in Paris, in cooperation with the engineer Gustave Eiffel (responsible for the frame and the whole integrity of the statue) this magnificent work of art was completed on the 28th of October 1886. 

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The statue of Liberty is a neoclassical sculpture that was placed in Liberty Island, so that it could be visible from all those entering or leaving the New York harbor. During this time it has welcomed millions of immigrants reaching the USA by sea and it was designed to be France's gift to the United States for the celebration of 100 years since the declaration of independence in 1876.

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The whole project was a joint effort between French and Americans, since the French would design and built the statue, and the Americans would arrange for a permanent place for it, in Liberty Island. Today the Statue of Liberty is 93 m tall (from ground to its crown) and it is declared as a World Heritage Monument by Unesco, since its design and the way it was constructed pose as one of the greatest technological achievements of the century. After all the Statue of Liberty is a bridge between art and engineering!

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Bartholdi designed the statue in Paris, made from copper leaves that were forged in hand in order to acquired the desired shape. Next he placed them all on a steel frame and after dismantling the whole thing he sent it to the United States in 214 crates back in 1885. The photos you're watching right now are extremely rare - I guess you already understand why- and a a part of the New York Public Library photo collection.

 

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