The Statue of Liberty lives on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, in the state of New York. It is one of the most iconic symbols of the USA.
Initially, the island the statue sits upon was called Bedloe Island, and in 1956, it was officially given another name. The statue pays tribute to the relationship between France and the United States that started during the American Revolution. The Statue of Liberty has a thickness of 2.4 millimeters and is made of copper 3/32, the same material as the American penny. The statue is green; copper has reacted with oxygen and form ‘patina’ green layer. The patina in most places is as thick as the copper behind it. Its function (patina) is to protect the copper from wearing out naturally.
Length And Image Of The Statue Of Liberty
The length of the Statue of Liberty is about 305 feet 1 inch from the ground to the end of the flame. It is the corresponding elevation of a 22-story building. The statue was the highest building in New York in the year 1886. The face of the statue is said to be modeled after the mother of the carver. It faces southeast and is found inside the Fort Wood, which was the best place for the Statue with a purpose. The site of the Statue was good for ships, towards the inside the harbor, to see her as a welcoming sign.
The Torch In The Statue
The purpose of the torch in the statue is to represent enlightenment. The torch lights the way to independence giving people direction to Liberty. Moreover, the official name of the Statue signifies her major sign ‘Liberty Enlightening the World.’ The present replacement torch of the Statue, which was added in 1986, is a copper flame that is enclosed in 24K gold. The original torch was detached in 1984 and is now inside the lobby of the memorial. Since the season of the ‘Black Tom’ explosion of 1916, the torch has been closed; it was one of the biggest acts of disruption to the country before the incident of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
The Writings On The Statue’s Tablet
The tablet of law, which is held by the left hand of the statue, contains the date of American Freedom, which is July 4, 1776; it is written in Roman figures, July IV, MDCCLXXVI.
The Statue Of Liberty And Lightning
Even though the Statue is at the ground is constructed using massive concrete and granite base, it is struck by lightning many times annually because it is tall and because of the material that it is made of (copper).