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Around 1865, French historian Edouard de Laboulaye proposed that France create a statue as a gift for the United States in celebration of the newly-built democracy: that statue is what we now know as the Statue of Liberty.
Well-known French sculptor, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, was given the commission and was instructed to have it finished in time for the one-hundredth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. However, the deadline was not met.
Bartholdi was in charge of the exterior of the statue, which was made out of sheets of hammered copper, and Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel—who is primarily known for creating the Eiffel Tower—was in charge of the statue’s steel framework.
Meanwhile, across the ocean in the U.S., American architects were in charge of creating a pedestal on small island in Upper New York Bay—which is now known as Liberty Island—on which the statue would eventually be erected.
The photo above was taken in Paris just before it was disassembled and crated for its voyage across the Atlantic to New York. The statue was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland in 1886. #usa#libertystatue#history#freedom#historyphotographed#likeforlike#living_europe#monumental_world#loves_united_places#citybestpics#love#total_usa#tv_travel#espacio_usa#ilove_usa#ig_travel#igersusa#look#streetphotography