What is the Statue of Liberty made of?

Monument

The Statue of Liberty is one of the United States’ most famous monument. 

This colossal statue of a robed lady with a torch in her raised right hand and carrying a tablet in her left, stands on Liberty Island in New York Harbor.  It is made of more than 300 copper sheets over a steel and iron framework. 

It was designed in 1881 by a French sculptor, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, and was presented to the people of the United States as a gift from the people of France.  Working from a model only 49 inches high, Bartholdi worked up a full-sized wood and plaster model which was divided into sections. 

Next, thin copper sheets were hammered over the wooden molds and shaped to their contours.  The copper shells were then bolted to the central framework.  The statue was taken apart from shipment from France and reassembled in the United  States.  Even though it is hollow, the statue weighs 225 tons.  It is 151 feet tall. Dick Rogers

 

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