From Concept to Construction to Installation - Construction & Installation

After 10 years of labor, Lady Liberty was first born in Paris in 1884...

Liberty being built in Paris workshop
Liberty being built in Paris workshop

Erected in Paris.....

Paris installation
Paris installation
Paris installationVarious stages of Liberty installation in Paris

and then disassembled, packed into 214 crates, shipped across the Atlantic, and born again on October 28, 1886, on what was then known as Bedloe's Island in New York harbor...

Liberty being installed in NY
Liberty installed in NYLiberty installed in New York

Her costs, in large part, were borne by a French people's lottery, as well as from collecting sous from school children in France and, later, pennies from kids in America.

It also involved extraordinary commitments from the likes of Ferdinand de Lesseps, builder of the Suez and Panama Canals, and Joseph Pulitzer, the publisher of the New York World newspaper to cover her costs.

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