(AKAÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Liberty Enlightening the World)
- The statueÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s full name is Liberty Enlightening the World.
- It was a gift from France, given to America in 1886.
- Edouard de Laboulaye provided the idea for the statue, while Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi designed it.
- The statue’s face was said to be modeled on the sculptor’s mother, Charlotte.
- The robed female figure represents Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom.
- She holds a torch and tablet upon which is inscribed the date of American Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776).
- From the ground to the top of the torch the statue measures 93 meters, and weighs 204 metric tones.
- Lady Liberty wears a size 879 shoe.
- She has a 35-foot waistline
- Visitors have to climb 354 stairs to reach the statueÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s crown.
- There are 25 windows in the crown.
- Approximately 4m people visit the statue each year.
- The seven spikes on the crown represent the seven oceans and the seven continents of the world, indicating the universal concept of liberty.
- The statueÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most famous cinematic appearance was in the 1968 film Ã¢â‚¬Å“Planet of the ApesÃ¢â‚¬Â where it is seen half buried in sand.
- It is also destroyed in the films “Independence Day” and “The Day After Tomorrow”.
- In high winds of 50mph Lady Liberty can sway by up to 3 inches, while her torch can move 5 inches.
- Lady Liberty is thought to have been hit by around 600 bolts of lightning every year since she was built. A photographer captured this for the first time in 2010.
- There are various replicas of the statue, including a smaller version in Paris, and one on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada.
Have a wonderful 4th of July celebration with your friends and family!