The Statue of Liberty is a colossal statue at Liberty Island, in the mouth of the Hudson River in New York Harbour. The copper statue was dedicated on October 28,1886 and commemorates the centennial of the United States and is a gesture of friendship between the two nations.
The sculptor was Fredric Auguste Bartholdi. Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the designer of the Eiffel Tower, engineered the internal structure. The statue depicts a woman, standing upright, dressed in a flowing robe and a seven point spiked crown representing the Seven Seas, holding a stone tablet close to her body in her left hand and a flaming torch in her right hand.
The Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognisable icons of the U.S. worldwide, and, in a more general sense, represents liberty and escape from oppression. The Statue of Liberty was, from 1886, often one of the first glimpses of the United States for millions of immigrants after ocean voyages from Europe. The broken shackles lying at Lady Liberty’s feet signify liberation from oppression and tyranny.
The torch signifies enlightenment. The tablet in her hands contains the text “JULY IV MDCCLXXVI “(July 4, 1776) commemorating the date of the United States Declaration of Independence.
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