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Today in History (1885) : The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York

A historical landmark arrives in America.

The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French to the Americans. It was meant to celebrate a hundred years of friendship between the two nations. On June 17, 1885, this commemorative token arrived in New York Harbor.

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Of course it didn’t arrive in one huge piece. The statue sailed across the Atlantic dismantled into 350 individual pieces and packed in more than 200 cases. That’s 350 pieces they had to reassemble on Bedloe Island, now loosely referred to as Liberty Island, so that it could be the colossal structure that greets voyagers and Manhattanites to this day.

The Statue of Liberty was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. It was then referred to as Liberty Enlightening the World, or La Liberté éclairant le monde in French. It is said that Bartholdi modeled the robed figure of a woman after his own mother. The statue represents Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, and bears a torch and a tabula ansata, or a tablet that embodies the law, and a broken chain lies at its feet. It is made of copper and iron, weighs over 204 metric tons, and stands at over 305 feet from the pedestal to the tip of the torch.

A number of our fellow lomographers have taken the liberty to photograph the Statue of Liberty. Let’s take a look at some of their photos.

The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of freedom and one of America’s most famous landmarks. It is also one of the must-see tourist attractions. You can view it from afar, or see it up close. Don’t forget to ride the ferry and get a museum ticket the next time you’re in Manhattan!

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