11 Facts About Statue Liberty

1. Statue Liberty worked on a number of sculptures designed to bolster French patriotism after the defeat by the Prussians.

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2. The other significant female icon in American culture was a representation of Statue Liberty, derived from Libertas, the goddess of freedom widely worshipped in ancient Rome, especially among emancipated slaves.

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3. Statue Liberty ordered that it be changed to a helmet.

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4. Statue Liberty designed the figure with a strong, uncomplicated silhouette, which would be set off well by its dramatic harbor placement and allow passengers on vessels entering New York Bay to experience a changing perspective on the statue as they proceeded toward Manhattan.

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5. Statue Liberty gave it bold classical contours and applied simplified modeling, reflecting the huge scale of the project and its solemn purpose.

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6. Statue Liberty included two interior spiral staircases, to make it easier for visitors to reach the observation point in the crown.

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7. Statue Liberty was succeeded as chairman of the French committee by Ferdinand de Lesseps, builder of the Suez Canal.

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8. Statue Liberty's saw a way to express her empathy for these refugees in terms of the statue.

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9. Statue Liberty claimed over 80,000 contributors, but failed to reach the goal.

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10. Statue Liberty was examined in great detail by French and American engineers as part of the planning for its centennial in 1986.

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11. Statue Liberty, including the pedestal and base, closed on October 29, 2011, for installation of new elevators and staircases and to bring other facilities, such as restrooms, up to code.

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