Statue of Liberty
New York Harbor at the mouth of the Hudson River
Jersey City, New York County, New York
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The sculptor was Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the designer of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, designed the internal framework that supports the copper plates that make up the statue.
The official name of the statue is "Liberty Enlightening the World".
Liberty was given to the United States by France in 1886. The statue was meant to be a gift to the U.S. to celebrate the Centennial of American Independence in 1876, but politics and financial problems made it difficult to find a location and build a base.
The seven point spiked crown represents the seven seas and continents.
The statue is 151' 1" (46.5 m) tall, with the foundation adding another 154 feet (46.9 m).
The interior of the pedestal contains a bronze plaque inscribed with the poem "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus. It has never been engraved on the exterior of the pedestal, despite such depictions in editorial cartoons.
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