France Sends the U.S. Another, Smaller Statue of Liberty

A reproduction of the Statue of Liberty started a journey this week from Paris to New York, officers in France stated, sending the United States one other, a lot smaller monument to freedom and image of French-American friendship.

At beneath 10 ft tall, a 16th of her greater sister’s dimension, the bronze statue was rigorously hoisted from its place at a museum of innovations in Paris throughout a ceremony on Monday, based on a information launch from the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts. The statue, which weighs practically 1,000 kilos, had been on show at the museum, Musée des Arts et Métiers, for 10 years and shall be positioned in a specifically designed plexiglass field for its nine-day voyage throughout the Atlantic.

The smaller statue, based mostly on the authentic 1878 plaster mannequin by the sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, was put in simply outdoors the museum’s entrance in 2011. This statue was solid utilizing a Three-D scan of one other mannequin in Paris, the information launch stated. It shall be exhibited on Ellis Island from July 1-5, dealing with its a lot greater sibling on Liberty Island. Then, it will likely be moved to the French ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C., the place it will likely be on show from July 14, France’s Bastille Day, till 2031.

There are over 100 replicas of the Statue of Liberty round the world, based on the conservatory. More than 30 are in France, together with a handful in Paris.

Its arrival in New York, the conservatory stated, is supposed to have fun and underscore the central worth of Franco-American friendship: liberty. The officers additionally stated the gesture meant to pay tribute to those that had fought for freedom and democracy on either side of the Atlantic.


Workers load a reproduction of the Statue of Liberty onto a truck outdoors the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris on June 7, 2021, earlier than it departs to New York.Credit…Dmitry Kostyukov for The New York Times

Similar concepts have been behind the authentic 19th-century statue, which was conceived of by the authorized thinker Édouard René Lefèbvre de Laboulaye, a French abolitionist identified in the United States for his Civil War-era pamphlets defending the Union trigger. An 1870 mannequin of the statue depicted Lady Liberty holding damaged chains in her left hand, a reference to emancipation.

The remaining mannequin of the statue moved the damaged chains beneath Lady Liberty’s ft, with a pill that represented the rule of regulation positioned in her fingers as a substitute.

The date of American Independence, July four, 1776, is written on the pill in Roman numerals. The sculptor, Mr. Bartholdi, based mostly the statue’s design on the Roman goddess Libertas, who is usually depicted carrying a Phrygian cap, historically worn by freed Roman slaves.

On a visit to the United States, Mr. Bartholdi selected what was then Bedloe’s Island — it was renamed Liberty Island in 1956 — as a result of of its visibility to ships coming into New York Harbor. The statue’s items have been constructed in France in the 1870s, and assembled and displayed in Paris from 1881 to 1884.

The smaller statue can have a a lot easier journey to the United States than its bigger predecessor, which stands 151-feet tall on prime of a 154-foot-high pedestal. The 19th-century statue needed to be taken aside to be shipped throughout the Atlantic, arriving in June 1885. Its pedestal was completed a 12 months later, and its items reassembled round an iron body. Finally, it opened to a lot fanfare on Oct. 28, 1886 — regardless of dangerous climate.

“The recent and huge structures at the lower end of Manhattan Island, at a distance from which the details are lost and the outlines and masses are alone visible, make New York a fit background for the most sumptuous aquatic spectacle,” The New York Times reported at the occasion.

About six years later, the authorities opened Ellis Island, the inspection web site that greater than 12 million immigrants would go by means of in the a long time to return. Emma Lazarus’s well-known poem “The New Colossus,” describing the statue welcoming the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” was affixed to the statue’s pedestal in 1903.

The U.S. Embassy in France shared a video on Twitter this week of a crane lifting the statue into the air as staff beneath rigorously held on to it with straps.

At a ceremony marking the event, Liam Wasley, an performing deputy at the embassy, stated, “This Atlantic crossing renews and strengthens our shared attachment to what we believe in, the foundations of our relationship.”