She is a piece of art. She was a gift. She means so much more.
See if you knew these facts-
- She is hit by lightning over 600 times per year.
- Her torch was refurbished in 1984 with a new copper base and then overlaid in 24 carat gold leaf.
- The 7 spikes on her crown represent the 7 continents and 7 oceans of the world. Peace is a global desire that knows no boundaries.
- The statue’s full name is Liberty Enlightening The World.
- Lady Liberty has a size 879 shoe and a 35 foot waistline.
- The face was said to be modeled after the sculptor’s mother, Charlotte.
- Her feet are not easy to see but she is, in fact, standing among a broken shackle and chains. Her right foot is raised like she’s walking away from slavery and oppression.
- In 1984 she was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Two people have committed suicide by jumping of the statue. The first was in 1929 and the other in 1932. (I wonder if it had anything to do with the economic crash.) Many others have jumped and survived!
- Andy Warhol painted this great lady as part of his “Pop Art” series in the 1960s. The painting is said to be worth more than 35 million dollars today!!
- **I never knew this!** In 1916, the statue sustained damage when Germans saboteurs set off an explosion during World War I. The torch-bearing arm sustained the most damage with $100,000 in repairs! (That was a HUGE amount of money back in 1916) The stairs in the torch were closed for safety and has never been re-opened.
- During a storm, once winds reach 50 mph, the statue can sway up to 3 inches while the torch can dance around up to 5 inches.
- The most famous movie going shot of the statue was in Planet of the Apes. She’s broken and all we see is her head buried on the beach. Chilling moment.
- In 1944, the lights in her crown signaled dot-dot-dot-dash. That’s Morse code for V, Victory in Europe!
- For many years she also served as a lighthouse with lights that could be seen for 24 miles.
- She is 130 yrs. old this year.
- If the statue were to be built today, it would cost over 10 million dollars. (Yet, a painting of it costs over 35 million??)
- The statue was inspired by the pagan Roman goddess, Libertas.