“Lady Liberty”

Dedicated on October, 28th, 1886 the Statue of Liberty is about to close. But not for good [1] !

Next month it will be closed for a year  to undergo renovations so its interior will be safer and meet security standards.

The Statue of Liberty has been for many generations of immigrants a symbol of freedom and new opportunities.

“Lady Liberty”, as it is called by Americans, was inspired in the roman goddess of freedom and became a UNESCO world heritage site in 1984.

It was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and came to life by the works of the famous engineer and architect Gustave Eiffel whom in 1889 built the also famous Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island.Photo:JvL.Licenciado por CC BY 2.0

Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island.Photo:JvL.Licenciado por CC BY 2.0

The Statue was one of the first images that immigrants had as they arrived in America. It was a welcoming and encouraging symbol of a new life in a whole new country.

On her hands she holds a torch and a tablet on which is inscribed the date of the Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1776.

As you will be able to see in the video bellow, the United States is recognized as an immigrant nation. This notion was also reinforced by Emma Lazarus poem “The New Colossus” written in 1883 and donated to a found raising auction for the Statue of Liberty construction. The poem is nowadays in the Statue of Liberty museum.  


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Liberty Enlightening the World’s [2] original color was a dull copper color, but over the years it has turned into green due to an oxidation process.

                         [...] Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
                         I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

                                                                       Emma Lazarus

[1] - forever

[2] – the statue’s official name

 

By Melissa Queiroz