Why would someone want to stand beside such an enormous structure that's barely supported by wooden beams?
Because it would mean being a part of history in the making, that’s why. The well-dressed man was actually photographed standing beside the head of the Statue of Liberty, the colossal neoclassical sculpture that was given by the people of France as a gift to the United States of America.
The Statue of Liberty was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, and work on building the statue commenced in the winter of 1876. It was completed at the Paris workshop of Gaget, Gauthier et Cie, and was presented to America on July 4, 1884.
The man in the photo above was most likely part of the team who uncrated the dismantled statue when it arrived in Bedloe’s Island — eventually called Liberty Island — in Manhattan in 1885. Reassembly of the statue began shortly after the pedestal was completed in 1886, and the dedication headed by President Glover Cleveland was held on October 28, 1886.
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