What Are Some Interesting Facts About the Statue of Liberty?

The Statue of Liberty, located in the New York Harbor, was a gift to the United States from France to celebrate America's successful democracy. The sculpture was designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. It was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland on October 28, 1886.

After it was completed in France in 1884, Lady Liberty was broken down to 315 pieces and shipped from France and assembled in the United States. The base and pedestal of the statue was funded and built by the United States. The sonnet “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus is inscribed on the pedestal.

The Statue of Liberty, including the pedestal, is 305 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 225 tons. The statue's waistline is 35 feet. The outside of the statue is made of copper, which naturally turns light green when it weathers.

The statue's crown has seven rays, each representing a continent. In one hand, she holds a tablet inscribed with "JULY IV MDCCLXXVI" or July 4, 1776, the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted. In the other hand she holds a torch. The torch is coated with sheets of 24-karat gold. Broken chains lay at the statue's feet to represent freedom from oppression.