The Statue of Liberty was given to the United States by the people
of France in recognition of the French-American alliance during the
American Revolution. It was shipped from France in 1885,
reassembled in America and unveiled on October 28, 1886, on Liberty
Island, where she has welcomed millions of immigrants to the United
States ever since. History of
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The Statue of Liberty on Film
The Statue of Liberty has been on many movies including: The Day After Tomorrow,
of the Apes, Superman IV,
X-men, Deep Impact, Around the World in 90 Days,
Titanic, A.I., Escape from
New York, Independence Day, Cloverfield,
Remo Williams, and more.
Many times it is used as a shocking example
of some huge calamity as it is most famously represented in the Planet of the
Apes without it's body to represent the aftermath of a nuclear war. Who can
Charlton Heston's shock and anger at the world for having finally did
it...that is destroyed the world with an atomic war.
Statue of Liberty Facts
The bronze plaque, located in the Statue of liberty exhibit on the second floor
of the pedestal, is inscribed with the sonnet "The New Colossus" by Emma
Lazarus. It has never been engraved on the exterior of the pedestal, despite
such depictions in editorial cartoons.
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
The first two lines refer to the ancient Colossus of Rhodes. The bronze plaque
in the pedestal contains a typographical error: the comma in "Keep, ancient
lands" is missing, causing that line to read "'Keep ancient lands, your storied
pomp!' cries she", and noticeably altering its meaning. The name "Mother of
Exiles" was never taken up as the statue's name.
|Height from top of base to
|Ground to tip of torch
|Heel to top of head
|Length of hand
|Head from chin to cranium
|Head thickness from ear to ear
|Distance across the eye
|Length of nose
|Length of right arm
|Thickness of right arm
|Thickness of waist
|Width of mouth
|Length of tablet
|Width of tablet
|Thickness of tablet
|Ground to top of pedestal
There are 25 windows in the crown which
symbolize gemstones found on the earth and the heaven's rays shining over the
world. The seven rays of the Statue's crown represent the seven seas and
continents of the world. The tablet which the Statue holds in her left hand
reads (in Roman numerals) "July 4th, 1776." The total weight of copper in the
Statue is 62,000 pounds (31 tons) and the total weight of steel in the Statue is
250,000 pounds (125 tons). Total weight of the Statue's concrete foundation is
54 million pounds (27,000 tons). The copper sheeting of the Statue is 3/32 of an
inch thick or 2.37mm.
Wind sway: winds of 50 miles per hour cause the Statue to sway 3 inches (7.62cm)
and the torch sways 5 inches (12.70cm).
On October 28th, 1886 was inaugurated. President Grover Cleveland accepted the
Statue on behalf of the United States and said in part: "We will not forget that
Liberty has here made her home; nor shall her chosen altar be neglected."
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