The Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in the New York Harbor is a world-famous icon of the USA. It’s a huge neo-classical sculpture of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, holding a torch and a tablet with the date of the American Declaration of Independence. The huge statue was given as a gift to the USA by France, as a symbol of the friendship between the two countries, but is now largely viewed as a symbol of international friendship. The French financed the statue and the Americans provided the pedestal and the site. Work on the statue began in the 1870s but was only completed and dedicated in October 1886. The statue was designed by Frederic Bartholdi.
The site on Liberty Island is run by the US National Parks Service: for information go to www.nps.gov/archive/stli/prod02.htm . Their web site describes the statue, “She is a beloved friend, a living symbol of freedom to millions around the world.”
There are over 200 documented replicas of Lady Liberty, which has come to represent freedom and liberty anywhere in the world. We can find these replicas around the USA and in many countries such as France, China, Argentina, Israel, and Japan. She is also used on many music covers.
I have photos of a few of these other statues of Liberty, and was inspired to put them up on the blog after we visited the one in Tokyo, Japan.
First, the actual Statue of Liberty (2 pics above).
Second, Statue of Liberty in Odaibo Seaside Park, Tokyo, Japan, with a great view of the city skyline and the Rainbow Bridge. This was erected in 2000, but another one was there earlier—from April 1998 to May 1999 for the “French Year in Japan.” (pics below)
Third, the statue in Colmar, France, the city of Bartholdi’s birth. This was erected on July 4, 2004, on the 100-year anniversary of Bartholdi’s death. (pics below)
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Fourth, one of the statues in Paris, France. This is on the Ile des Cygnes, a man-made island in the River Seine. It is by the Pont de Grenelle, close to the Eiffel Tower, which seems fitting, as Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel helped Bartholdi with the design of the original statue. However, the lady looks down river and has her back to the Eiffel Tower. This statue was inaugurated on July 4, 1889 and her tablet is inscribed with 2 dates: July 4, 1776 for American Independence; and July 14, 1789 for the storming of the Bastille and the start of the French revolution. (pics below)
And lastly, a statue in one of our neighbor’s gardens, here in Urbana, in Illinois. The neighbors like to decorate her, according to the season or a special holiday celebration. What fun!