Copper in the Arts

Fact 4 of 9

The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, was built in the third century BC from bronze reclaimed from confiscated war implements. The bronze plates covered an iron frame, much like the Statue of Liberty (which is about the same size at 111 feet). The Colossus was destroyed by an earthquake some 50 years later, and the bronze was gathered up and sold as scrap - another early example of recycling copper metals.