Statue of Liberty - Close-up Views

This clip—from Finley Holiday Films—provides close-up views of the Statue of Liberty.  Note, especially, her crown (which is once again open to the public).

The statue was delivered—in pieces—from France to America in 1886.  It was dedicated on July 4 of that year.

The National Park Service provides important facts about the statue. Here are some of those highlights:

About the Statue of Liberty

What materials make up the Statue of Liberty?

The Statue of Liberty is made of copper 3/32in. (about 2.5mm) thick, the same as two American pennies placed together. The internal structure is comprised of cast iron and stainless steel.

Why is the Statue green?

The Statue's copper has naturally oxidized to form the outer patina, or green, coating. Upon completion in 1886, the Statue of Liberty was more of a traditional brown color, like an American penny. It took about thirty years for the Statue of Liberty to fully oxidize and form the patina.

How tall is the Statue of Liberty?

The Statue is 305 feet, 1 inch (about 93m) from the ground to the tip of the flame. It is the equivalent height of a 22-story building and was the tallest structure in New York in 1886 [the year it was erected].

Why is the Statue of Liberty a woman?

Classical images of Liberty are often depicted in a female form. The Statue of Liberty was modeled after the Roman Goddess of Liberty.

Which direction does the Statue face?

The Statue of Liberty was placed inside the existing Fort Wood and faces southeast. The Statue's position makes it a welcoming symbol for arriving ships.

Does the Statue of Liberty ever get struck by lightning?

Yes! As one of the tallest structures in the New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty does get struck by lightning. The Statue is grounded through the massive concrete and granite pedestal.

How many Torches have there been on the Statue?

The Statue's current torch, added in 1986, is a copper flame covered in 24K gold. It is reflective of the sun's rays in daytime and lighted by floodlights at night. The original torch was removed in 1984 and is now a display piece inside the Pedestal lobby.

The Statue’s Symbols (and What They Mean)

What does the torch represent?

The torch is a symbol of enlightenment. The Statue's official name represents its most important symbol, “Liberty Enlightening the World.”

What is written on the Statue's tablet?

The tablet in the Statue’s left hand has the date of American Independence: July 4, 1776. The date is written in Roman numerals and reads July IV MDCCLXXVI.

What does the Statue wear on her head?

The Statue of Liberty wears a crown, or diadem.

What are the spikes on the crown?

Many believe the seven spikes are symbolism representing rays of light radiating from the statue's head; she is the Roman goddess Libertas.

Where on the Statue are the broken chains located and what do the chains mean?

The broken chains are near the Statue's feet and are not visible from the ground level. Many believe the chains represent breaking free from tyranny and servitude.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 4472stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Jul 29, 2016


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