As we get ready to celebrate July 4th, take a moment to wish the Statue of Liberty a very happy 125th birthday. She’s been a proud symbol of our nation’s freedom and has stood the test of time – with the help of the 31 tons (62,000 pounds) of copper. In honor of the historical landmark, enjoy a few fun facts about the proud and tall American icon:
- Sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi designed the Statue of Liberty as a gesture of friendship between France and the U.S. He completed the statue in 1884 and it was dedicated in October 1886.
- What makes the Statue of Liberty green? Give credit to the copper sheeting, which naturally oxidized over time to create the patina, which protects Lady Liberty from wind and wear.
- From the ground to tip of her torch, the statue of Liberty is 305 feet and one inch.
- The length of her hand is 16 feet, five inches.
- Her index finger is eight feet.
- The width of her head is 10 feet.
- The width of one of her eyes is two feet, six inches.
- The length of her nose is four feet, six inches.
- And yes, her bust is a perfect 36 – feet!