The internal structure of the Statue of Liberty is cast iron and stainless steel, but the outside is copper that runs about 2.5 millimeters thick. The copper coating is the same width as two U.S. pennies stacked on top of each other.
The Statue of Liberty is 305 feet and 1 inch from the ground to the tip of the flame, which is the same height as a 22-story building. She was the tallest structure when she was first erected in 1886. At that time, Lady Liberty was more of a brown copper color, like the American penny but, in time, the copper oxidized and turned blue-green, the color she became known for. It took about 30 years for that oxidation to set in and change the color of the statue completely. Lady Liberty takes after the Roman goddess of Liberty, which is why she is in female form.Learn More
The Statue of Liberty was designed by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. The statue, originally named "Liberty Enlightening the World," was a gift from the people of France to the United States in 1886.Full Answer >
The Statue of Liberty was first publicly displayed in 1876 at Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition, when the right arm and torch were exhibited. In 1878, the head was displayed at the Paris World Fair. France presented the statue, called "Liberty Enlightening the World," to the United States in 1886. The United States supplied the pedestal. The statue is a representation of Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom.Full Answer >
According to USA Today, the Statue of Liberty has seven spikes on her crown. The spikes represent the seven seas and seven continents of the world. Each spike is 9 feet long and weighs up to 150 pounds.Full Answer >
The Statue of Liberty was actually built twice: first in France between 1881 and 1884 and then in the United States in 1886. The statue was a gift to the American people from the people of France.Full Answer >