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Statue Of Liberty Under Construction In 1883 [Pic]

Lady Liberty”s head in Paris park, 1883

Before Lady Liberty was standing tall, she had to be assembled piece by piece. The beaming gift, dedicated in 1886 and designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, came a long way from France to the United States. America”s most famous immigrant, The Statue of Liberty, was constructed in Paris starting in 1883, then taken apart and shipped to America in pieces. Here, back in 1883, the Statue of Liberty”s head was displayed in a park in Paris. Check out more of Lady Liberty”s limbs as they were constructed in the 1800s before coming together to become one of America”s most iconic landmarks

Statue of Liberty construction, 1883

This is Lady Liberty like you”ve never seen her — all chopped up. In 1883, men toiled away in a workshop in France to hammer sheets of copper into the Statue of Liberty. Lady Liberty stands 111″1″ from heel to top of head, in flats of course.

Statue of Liberty construction, 1883

A model of the Statue of Liberty (l.) from 1883 shows what she will look like once completed. The parts of the statue were assembled in France (c.,r.) before being shipped over to the United States.

Statue of Liberty construction, 1883

The inner workings of Lady Liberty”s arm can be seen in this 1883 photograph. The skeleton of the structure, housed here in France while under construction, was covered by a plaster surface to sculpt Lady Liberty”s arms

Statue of Liberty construction, 1885

The Statue of Liberty”s limbs and crown arrived piecemeal before they were constructed together into Lady Liberty. They”re seen being uncrated here on Liberty Island in 1885.

Statue of Liberty construction, 1883

Sheets of copper were molded and hammered into place in a workshop in France during construction in 1883. The Statue of Liberty was completed in 1886 and dedicated on October 28, 1886.

Statue of Liberty construction, 1883

Lady Liberty is covered in 2.5mm thick copper, which is about the width of two pennies. Inside she is chock full of iron and stainless steel. Here, men get busy at their workbenches during the construction of the Statue of Liberty.

Statue of Liberty, 1885

Lady Liberty”s face was uncrated on Liberty Island in 1885. In the years since, her complexion has darkened through oxidation of the copper. The result is now a green coating along her exterior. Her face is said to have been modeled after sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi”s mother.

Statue of Liberty construction, 1984 & 1985

In 1984 Lady Liberty”s torch was lowered for repairs. The Statue”s current torch, which is a copper flame covered in 24K gold, was completed in 1986. It”s seen here under construction in 1984 and 1985.

Statue of Liberty construction, 1984

Lady Liberty”s last torch, which weighed 1.5 tons, was dramatically removed on July 5, 1984. The Statue of Liberty recently underwent renovations after damaged sustained by Hurricane Sandy in Oct. 2012. America”s iconic symbol of freedom officially reopened on July 4, 2013.

Drawing of the Statue of Liberty, 1883

Lady Liberty”s structure follows designs going back to ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. Historically, images of Liberty were depicted as females. Lady Liberty takes her shape from the Roman Goddess of Liberty.

11 Rare photos taken of the Lady of Liberty during her construction. HISTORY!

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  1. Profile photo of kitteh9lives
    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    July 21, 2013 at 11:44 am
    Link: Statue Of Liberty Under Construction In 1883 - 11 Rare photos taken of the Lady of Liberty during her construction. HISTORY!
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    paperduck Male 18-29
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    July 21, 2013 at 12:34 pm
    Why did France do this again?
  3. Profile photo of drawman61
    drawman61 Male 50-59
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    July 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm
    So they started with her head and built her up from below. Don`t blame them, that`s a long way up there.
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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    July 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm
    That Statue of Liberty head played a role in Jack Finney`s time-travel novel, "Time and Again" ... not to mention "Cloverfield."
  5. Profile photo of 747Pilot
    747Pilot Male 18-29
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    July 21, 2013 at 1:24 pm
    A statue representing liberty and freedom, an icon in a nation where the people chose to default both in the name of security. Ironic and sad at the same time.
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    piperfawn Male 30-39
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    July 21, 2013 at 1:25 pm
    And now spit again against French people.
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    turdburglar Male 30-39
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    July 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Thank you France. She is as beautiful as ever. Now go take a bath, you smell.
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    WorldOfJames Male 18-29
    978 posts
    July 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm
    awesome post thanks for sharing!
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    robthelurker Male 18-29
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    July 21, 2013 at 4:33 pm
    it looked a lot bigger in ghostbusters 2.
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    LemonCurry Male 40-49
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    July 21, 2013 at 5:15 pm
    most workers had in fact signed up to work for free on the breasts section, and were understandably upset upon finding out that the original design had been altered without notifying the construction team.

    the "breasts of liberty" were completed, however, using private funds, and after being acquired by a polish collector in 1910, they are now on display at an elementary school in beijing.


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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    July 21, 2013 at 5:48 pm
    LemonCurry,

    One can only imagine how much louder would have been the cheers of those early immigrants, upon entering New York Harbor, had they been welcomed to their new home by those original "Breasts of Liberty."

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    LemonCurry Male 40-49
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    July 21, 2013 at 5:54 pm
    lol @Jake_Justus

    on second thought, perhaps the thick garment was part of a french conspiracy so that they could keep the "breasts of liberty" for themselves. or is topless sunbathing permitted in some parts of the us?
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    July 22, 2013 at 7:18 am
    Too bad no color pics back then be cool to see it as nice shiny new copper.
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    drawman61 Male 50-59
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    July 22, 2013 at 11:24 am
    @ lemon, LMAO

    @ jake, and the most famous of all, Planet of the Apes...ooh, sorry, I`ve given the ending away.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    July 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm
    Why did France do this again?

    It was a privately funded project, so people could argue about whether or not France did it. Some French people did it. Quite a lot of them, as a lot of the money was from numerous small donations.

    Depending on how you`re feeling, there are a few interpretations concerning why:

    1) A symbolic gesture celebrating the connection between France and the USA (you know France played a huge role in creating the USA, right?) and their shared principles of republicanism by the people for the people, with freedom for all (it`s a depiction of Libertas, a Roman god associated with freedom and particularly favoured by freed slaves).

    2) An attempt to strengthen political ties between the two countries.

    3) A dig at political conditions in France (the idea of a Franco-USA monument started after their republic ended with their President declaring himself Emperor).
  16. Profile photo of SavageChef
    SavageChef Female 50-59
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    July 22, 2013 at 12:22 pm
    A wonderful gift. In Time and Again, Si and Julia hide in the statue of liberty`s arm, which is in the park. They time travel to the modern day, and Julia is astonished to smell the sea. Robert Redford was set to make the movie version, but I guess the deal fell through. Pity.
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    Runemang Male 30-39
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    July 22, 2013 at 4:16 pm
    Countries need to do more stuff like that these days. :)
  18. Profile photo of paperduck
    paperduck Male 18-29
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    July 23, 2013 at 3:56 am
    Angilion thanks for answering, it`s just a super-rare occurrence as far as I know. Also, as an appropriate response I think I`ll tone down my rhetoric a little toward France from now on.

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