The Statue of Liberty
- Delightful and informative presentation of a site that receives over four million visitors each year
- Marks the reopening of the building to the public in August 2004 after being closed following the September 11th tragedy
Recognised around the world as a symbol of freedom and democracy, the Statue of Liberty is an American icon. The statue, called Liberty enlightening the world by its sculptor August Bartholdi, was given to America by France to celebrate the new nation’s first centenary of independence in 1876. Designed as an allegory of liberty, it depicts a woman draped in a toga, brandishing a flaming torch, the familiar green cooper statue reaching over 150 feet high from its pedestal on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. This huge technical achievement was built in Paris between 1875 and 1884, with framework by famed French architect Gustave Eiffel. Presented in a unique fold-out format, this exciting book traces the building of the giant Lady Liberty with fascinating period photographs directly from the artist’s workshop, putting her immense scale in a human context. These unique photographs and the accessible text make this book essential to all those who visit and adore this universal symbol of freedom.