The Statue of Liberty is an enduring icon of liberty.
The statue stands on the Liberty Island in New York and was a gift from France to the people of the United States.
It was erected and dedicated in 1886. The key sculptor behind the creation of the statue was Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. Bartholdi designed and created the statue so that each notable part of the statue signifies some meaning.
The original torch of the statue was made from copper and covered with a sheet of gold.
The gold was used to signify the proverbial fire on the torch. The torch weighs 3600 pounds. It is currently stored in the Statue of Liberty Museum and in its place, a replica torch has been installed.
Before 1916, it was possible to access a balcony area located around the torch. But since 1916, public access to the sport has been banned.
The torch itself signifies enlightenment and partly refers to the way Prometheus brought light, fire and enlightenment to the mythical Greeks.
The crown of the Statue of Liberty is one of its most iconic features.
The crown features seven spikes as well as an actual observation deck which visitors can reach.
To reach the observation deck, visitors have to climb 345 stairs. Visitors get a panoramic view of the New York Harbor from the deck.
The seven spikes of the crown are said to represent the seven oceans and the seven continents.
The spikes also represent the rays of the sun, as a statement that the statue enlightens the whole world.
The feet of the statue of liberty are a rather neglected part of the statue. Nonetheless, it is as important and symbolic as the rest of the statue.
At the statues feet lay a broken shackle and chains. These signify the fact that liberty has overcome its obstacles, such as slavery in the United States, and is finally striding forward.
In one hand, the Statue of Liberty holds a torch. In the other hand, it bears a large tablet. This tablet is 23 feet 7 inches in length, 13 feet 7 inches in width and 2 feet in thickness.
The words JULY IV MDCCLXXVI are inscribed on the tablet.
These Roman numerals translate into July 4, 1776, signifying the date of the signing of Declaration of Independence.
Thus the statue is an embodiment of the independence of the United States as well.
The Statue of Liberty stands on top of a large pedestal. The pedestal is 89 feet in height. It embodies features of the classic European architecture and evokes the feeling of a castle or fortified structure.
The pedestal is identical on all four sides and is designed like a building which you can enter.
Inside the pedestal is a museum and on its top is a balcony or observation area which visitors can reach.
It is on top of this giant pedestal that the Statue of Liberty stands.