What to Expect At The Statue Of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty, one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet, is often discussed by American visitors as the location where the greatest battles were fought during the history of the US. This is because the Statue represents an island where immigrants from all corners of the world came and established homes. It was where both the British and the French made a stand against each other during the revolution of 1776. It is also where, in a literal sense, our country got its independence from England. What is more, it is the site of the first successful American revolution – the US Civil War.
The statue of Liberty pedestal is constructed from solid granite and measures almost forty-seven feet by twenty-five feet. The base contains a circular column supporting a rectangular steel frame which is attached to the base. The statue of Liberty, by Rem Koolhaas, is surrounded by a ring of iron topped with an interior of latticework. The pedestal and ring are then covered with a removable glass panel. This allows visitors to peer down from within the citadel and admire the view from the balcony.
On the south side of the circle of iron is an elegant statue of Liberty, lying on her back with hands outstretched as if pleading for freedom. Her tiara and crown are resting on top of a shield which crowns the pedestal. Between these two figures is a circular depression in which to place Liberty’s torch. Finally, at the lower end of the circle is a smaller replica of the Statue of Liberty. Between these smaller statures is a platform where one can stand and see the statue being lowered into the water.
The statue of Liberty sits atop a forty-two feet pedestal which was constructed of polished river rock, mostly on the west bank of the Statue of Liberty, New Jersey. The statue was cast in bronze by Louis Sullivan and came in three pieces including the torso, the arms, and the pedestal. The statue was then mummified using an iron mold created by Washington Irving. When the statue was first viewed by John Adams, he commented that it was the first piece of art he had ever seen.
Today, the pedestal is being cleaned by volunteers from the Statue of Liberty Historical Park as part of their ongoing preservation effort to keep Liberty and the symbol it represents alive in our culture. No matter where you are within the Statue of Liberty National Park, there is always a good chance to get a closer look at Lady Liberty. If you have time, you should make it a point to see the pedestal and the Liberty torch. It is interesting to know that the torch was added around the same time that the statue was completed.
For those who are planning a vacation to the city, there is a good chance that you may want to add this fascinating pedestal to your itinerary. Some many vendors and companies will gladly help you with any questions you may have concerning the statue, Liberty, or the torch. As was mentioned before, there is an ongoing renovation of the statue itself, and all of the surrounding monuments and structures must go along with the renovations. Therefore, if you wish to purchase a pedestal or other item associated with the renovation, it would be best to contact the company or person in advance. It is also a good idea to ask them for advice on which pedestal to purchase during the renovation so that you are not left with items that you will need later on.
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