The Statue of Liberty is one of the USA’s most famous landmarks. A colossal neoclassical masterpiece, the statue it stands boldly over the River Hudson representing American ideals of freedom and ambition. For such an iconic landmark it may come as a surprise to find that it’s in fact not unique. Replicas of the Statue of Liberty can be found all over the world and in fact the New York statue is not even the original.
The New York Statue of Liberty was constructed as part of a French project in 1886 in order to develop relations between the two countries. 1886 marked the centenary of the foundation of the United States, so to mark the event the French government wanted to dedicate a gift that represented their nation’s shared libertarian ideals.
Frederic Bartholdi was the architect asked to build the statue. He constructed the statue in Paris and the first original Statue of Liberty was used as a template to mould the pieces for the New York copy. So before the New York Statue of Liberty was taken to pieces and reassembled across the Atlantic, the very first Statue of Liberty was already standing proudly in Paris.
Since the original sister statues stood in their twin cities across the Atlantic, many more replicas have been made. All across the USA various replicas have been built to their favourite cultural icon. Celebrating their 40th anniversary, the Boy Scouts of America led an initiative called “Strengthen the Arm of Liberty” which encouraged clubs to build replicas of the statue, in California visitors can also find a complete Lego replica.
Across France there are also numerous replicas commemorating their original statue. The French statue was taken on tour to Tokyo in 1998 to develop international relations; the statue was so popular that Tokyo built their own replica that now stands by Tokyo Bay.
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