Ever since June 17, 1885 the Statue of Liberty has been one of the most recognizable landmarks in the US. It has also stood tall as it welcomed millions of immigrants arriving in America via Ellis Island. The renowned statue has since then been a symbol of freedom and democracy across the world.
As the American Civil War came to an end, around 1865, a historian named Edouard de Laboulaye suggested France build a symbol of success. He wished to bestow it upon America. The people would later know the symbol as the prominent Statue of Liberty. The project was a collaboration between the two countries; the statue was a symbol of friendship between the French and American people. France constructed and assembled the statue, and America built the pedestal that supports it.
The process was very tedious. Due to the need to raise funds for the statue, construction didn’t begin until a decade later in 1875. The process and construction of the statue involved many workers and professionals coming together to plan. Including, the designer of the Paris Eiffel Tower, Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, and also Eugene-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc.
The city unveiled the result of this grueling workload during a typical July 4th celebration amongst the Americans. The entire celebration was one of the most exuberant to ever occur. Military planes performed aerial acrobatic displays, and 40,000-shell firework performances that bathed the entire harbor in bright, colorful lights. No less than one and a half million people witnessed the event.
The Statue of Liberty was initially known as “Liberty Enlightening the World”. It has a very intriguing history full of symbolism and bonding. It also became one of New York’s main attractions due to its professionally-crafted exterior, and welcoming interior design.
The statue is supported by a pedestal of concrete and granite to ensure maximum sturdiness, and at the entrance are installed very large bronze doors which represent the strenuous labor that went into constructing and restoring the statue after it underwent several terrorist attacks and extremist groups. One of the most visited areas, specifically for photography, is the stepped terrace between the pedestal and Fort Wood at the base of the statue, which was added in 1965.
This ancient, magnificent symbol of strength in democracy, and start of a bond formed between France and America is portrayed wonderfully in the paintings and photographs offered at nyArt.com, as the pieces focus on different angles of Lady Liberty, so as to show off the statue’s captivating beauty. As well as capturing the statue itself in the shot, the artworks also incorporate the renowned Ellis Island and harbor on the horizon to draw more attention to the landscape, skyscrapers, and shimmery waters. Take a look at our offered works and you are guaranteed to have your attention stolen by this graceful statue.