In after-dinner conversation at his home near VersaillesLaboulaye, an ardent supporter of the Union in the American Civil Waris supposed to have said: In order to honor these achievements, Laboulaye proposed that a gift be built for the United States on behalf of France. Laboulaye hoped that by calling attention to the recent achievements of the United States, the French people would be inspired to call for their own democracy in the face of a repressive monarchy.
The Statue of Liberty was designed as an expression of friendship and shared values between France and the United Statesthe work was planned as a gift from the French people to America on the one hundredth anniversary of the Declaration of Independencebut not erected in the harbor until a dozen years later.
His father, Jean-Charles Bartholdi, held a prominent position as counsellor to the prefecture of Colmar, but died when Bartholdi was two.
A keen artist from an early age, Bartholdi began taking art classes during his teen years and moved from painting to sculpture. Exposition officials gave him permission to leave it outside, and the enormous figure attracted a great deal of attention and favorable publicity for both the Universal Exposition and the young sculptor.
Later inBartholdi traveled to Egypt to quench his curiosity about some of the largest structures ever created by humans—the ancient Sphinx and Pyramids.
Like many liberal-minded Europeans, he was unnerved by the assassination of U. The American Revolutionary War and its fight to end British tyranny had served as a source of tremendous inspiration for French revolutionaries who overthrew the monarchy in and installed a republican form of government.
His hometown of Colmar surrendered to German troops in the ten-month-long conflict, and much of the Alsace region was later absorbed into imperial Germany. New regulations made it impossible for him to return home—to either his studio or the home of his mother—for several more years, and so he settled in Paris.
A month after the end of the hostilities, Bartholdi set sail for his first visit to the United States.
Quickly, he sketched out a female figure with a crown of rays around her head, holding a torch aloft in one hand and clutching a tablet with the date of July 4,in the other.
He called it Liberty Enlightening the World. Bartholdi made a maquette, or small-scale sculptural model, of his proposed Statue of Liberty while in the United States, and introductions from Laboulaye paved the way for meetings with some influential Americans, among them the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow — It took several years, however, for the Union to raise the necessary funds.
Back in France inBartholdi began working on what would be his largest statue in France, the Lion of Belfort. Realizing that such a monumental figure would need a steel frame for its body of copper sheeting, he enlisted the help of Gustave Eiffel —a respected French bridge builder who later in the decade would create the Paris landmark tower that bears his name.
Bartholdi and his team of assistants began the actual sculpting process in the Paris workshop of Gaget, Gauthier and Company. Byher arm and the torch were finished, and were shipped to the United States in time for display at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition that summer.
The seven points of its diadem, or crown, represent both the seven seas and the seven continents. The assembly process formally began inand was stalled for a few years because the fund-raising effort in America had not yet collected enough to erect the pedestal.
Everyone except New Yorkers felt that New Yorkers should bear the cost. Bartholdi seemed to have modeled his after a Roman goddess called Libertas. It was then disassembled, packed into cases, and loaded onto the frigate Isere. It arrived in New York on June 17,and was greeted by a crowd ofJournalists were allowed aboard the Isere to see the crates before they were unloaded.
The eyes and nose filled one crate, the forehead another, an ear and part of the crown another, until every foot of space seemed to be utilized.
A sheet iron curl looked large enough for the smokestack of a small steam launch.
A sailor said that it was 8 feet long. The dedication of the State of Liberty finally took place on October 28,presided over by President Grover Cleveland —all of his cabinet, and numerous French dignitaries.
Bartholdi was present, too, and rejoiced to see the completion of his long-awaited project.
It stood feet in height from the foot to the top of the gold-plate torch, and weighed tons. Conversely, the statue also came to symbolize American imperialism abroad in political cartoons.
Bartholdi completed a few other impressive statues, none of them as grand as the Statue of Liberty, before he died of tuberculosis on October 4,in Paris.
A century later, some historians disputed the story that Lady Liberty was meant as a purely noble gift from France to the United States to celebrate their shared respect for democratic values.
Those familiar with the writings of Laboulaye—who played an important role in the planning and even the design of the statue—argued that it was more a statement against monarchy and slavery.
It has stood up to everything that wind and weather can throw at it. It is part of a universal folklore. Yet when seen at firsthand, it never fails to astonish. Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.Frederic August Bartholdi, best known for designing the Statue of Liberty, had a diverse background that inspired his career as a sculptor and monument creator.
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Makers: Frederic Auguste Bartholdi (left) designed the Statue of Liberty and Gustave Eiffel (the famous builder of the Eiffel tower, right) constructed the monument in New York harbor as a gift. Fredric Bartholdi designed the statue of liberty as a symbol of friendship between the united states of america and france.
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