The Statue of Liberty was designed by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. The statue, originally named "Liberty Enlightening the World," was a gift from the people of France to the United States in 1886.
The building of the statue was funded entirely by private contributions from French citizens; no funding came from the French government. It was completed in France in 1884 and then shipped in pieces to the United States for assembly. The right arm and torch of the statue were exhibited at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, where visitors could pay 50 cents to climb up a ladder to the torch balcony. This exhibit helped raise funds for building the pedestal the statue would eventually stand on.