Welcome to a new short series highlighting the many surprising art and architectural finds that are located both in New York City and in Paris. In honor of the 127th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty dedication, we’re starting with this iconic symbol first. While the statue on Liberty Island is the most famous, it is far from the only one in existence.
The Statue of Liberty (officially Liberty Enlightening the World) has always maintained a connection to its native France. It was dreamt up by Edouard Rene Lefebvre de Laboulaye, a French abolitionist, lawyer, and poet. Its exterior was designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, the French sculptor, its interior created by Gustave Eiffel, the French engineer. It was built in France and paid for by its citizens.
Besides Liberty Island, the Statue of Liberty can also be found in at least four other locations.
Around 1900, William H. Flattau, a Russian auctioneer, commissioned a thirty foot replica of the Statue of Liberty for the roof of his Liberty Warehouse on 43 West 64th Street. In 2002, when the warehouse was converted into apartments, the statue was brought to the Brooklyn Museum. It currently resides in the museum’s Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden.
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