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I don't always like to capture the obvious, I'm always looking for interesting angles and perspectives on ordinary objects & buildings. This is no exception. I love the way people stare intently at this series of Liberty trying to figure out which way is up, and what part is where. There are several companion pieces that make a great story, and really allow the detail of this historical sculpture shine.

"The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World" was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, it was designated as a National Monument in 1924, and employees of the National Park Service have been caring for the colossal copper statue since 1933.

The colossal neoclassical sculpture is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom in the United States and was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad.

After the September 11 attacks in 2001, it was closed for reasons of safety and security; the pedestal reopened in 2004 and the statue in 2009, with limits on the number of visitors allowed to ascend to the crown. The statue, including the pedestal and base, was closed again until October 28, 2012, so that a secondary staircase and other safety features could be installed; Liberty Island remained open. However, one day after the reopening, Liberty Island closed due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy in New York; the statue and island opened again on July 4, 2013. Public access to the balcony surrounding the torch has been barred for safety reasons since 1916.

The statue was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

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20.0" x 16.0"
Digital Photograph

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