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.

New York City

Besides Liberty Island,  the Statue of Liberty can also be found in at least four other locations.

1. Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum Statue of Liberty

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.

2. 667 Madison Avenue

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Located in front of 667 Madison Avenue is bronze Statue of Liberty that was cast from the original mold. It was purchased by  Leonard Stern for over one million dollars. Mr. Stern is the chairman of The Hartz Group, which owns 667 Madison.

3. 161st Street Bronx

Statue of Liberty Bronx

A surprising find between Yankee Stadium and the Bronx County Courthouse, the providence of this Statue of Liberty imitation is quite mysterious.

4. Toys R Us (Times Square)

Statue of Liberty Lego Times Square Toys R Us

Visitors to the Times Square location of Toys R Us can take in Lego models of New York City landmarks including the Statue of Liberty, but the store will close at the end of January 2016 when its lease is up.

5. Long Island City Statue of Liberty

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On an industrial stretch of Long Island City, between the waterfront and MoMA PS1 is a Statue of Liberty standing atop a building, which also has a miniature water tower on the facade.

Paris

6. Jardin du Luxembourg

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This is the original model for the Statue of Liberty, used by Bartholdi to create the larger version for New York City. The sculptor donated it to the Luxembourg museum for the World’s Fair of 1900 and it has been in this spot since 1906.

7.  Musée d’Orsay

Statue of Liberty in Musee D'Orsay

This statue was cast from a plaster prototype of the original statue to mark the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. In 2012, it was moved from the Luxembourg Gardens to the Musée d’Orsay, given a new torch, restored and polished.

8.  Île aux Cygnes (Pont de Grenelle)

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This version sits on a manmade island in the Seine River. It was inaugurated close to the 100th anniversary of the French revolution, on July 4, 1889, and has two dates on the tablet–July 4, 1776 and July 14, 1789–to mark the revolution in both nations.

9.  Musée des Arts et Metiers

The original plaster sculpture, which Bartholdi used to make his masterpiece, was bequeathed to the museum by his widow in 1907. In 2005, the French art dealer, Guillaume Duhamel, rediscovered the sculpture while  accompanying his son’s elementary school class on a visit there. He convinced the museum to let him create 12 casts from the plaster original (the  maximum allowed under French law) and the museum would get to keep the first cast, which is now on view there.

10.  Pont de l’Alma

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This is a life-size copy of the flame of liberty on the Pont de l’alma, not too far from the Eiffel Tower. It was given to the city by donors around the world to symbolize Franco-American friendship on the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty dedication. Because it sits above the tunnel of Princess Diana’s fatal car crash, the torch and the wall behind it has become an unofficial memorial.

Next, see vintage photographs of the Statue of Liberty under construction.

8 thoughts on “10 Statue of Liberty Replicas in NYC and Paris

  1. I remember reading quite awhile ago there were other replicas. I know remember the one on Madison Av. . I probably walked by it with out remembering it. There is another unofficial replica. It is in front of a souvenir store on the corner just below where the Carnegie Deli was before it closed it’s original location.

  2. there’s anoter rooftop statue similar to the one on 161st street in LIC on 46 rd between 11 st and 21 st

  3. Nice write up, but I’m hearing that you guys are lifting photos from other sites without checking with the photographer. That’s not cool. Is that your standard practice? I see you took the time to put a copyright symbol on some of them, which implies that you do understand copyrighting… i think you should be more respectful.

    1. Hi Alex, these photos with copyright are all taken by our staff (Benjamin and myself). As a policy we use our own photos or Creative Commons images. Since we are a crowdsourced publication there have been images in the past where this has occurred and we have been taking steps to rectify that among our contributors as it should not be acceptable.

      1. Thanks, Michelle, I’m glad that to hear that you have a proper policy

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