Posted by: HoboSylvain | 2013-07-08 17:18:02 | New York City, New York, United States Keywords:Icon, Immigrants, Statue
This is perhaps the most iconic image of America and the most photographed lady in the world.... yet how many realize while passing in front of her or climbing under her dress that she's a proud member of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites?
The UNESCO recognized that site in 1984
for two reasons fundamentally: the artistry of the creation and for
the symbolism. Let's first remember that this grand Lady is a gift
from France to the US to celebrate their 100th birthday
and consolidate friendship between the two countries. It was
unveiled in 1886 and is still seen as one of the great
accomplishments of the 19th century.
On the artistic side, the visible part
of the statue is made of a copper layer. The design of the lady and
the making of the copper plates were done by Frédéric Bertholdi.
The squeleton was designed by Gustave Eiffel, creator of the famous
tower in Paris. It was one of the first time art merged with
architecture at such a grandiose level.
On the symbolic level, it welcomed the
immigrants in the New York harbour, often after a very harsh
crossing. The statue was built in an era where the population of the
USA almost doubled in 30 years, mostly due to immigration.