4. Replicas of the Statue of Abound in Paris
The original model of the Statue of Liberty (smaller than the original) stands in the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris. The sculptor donated it to the Luxembourg museum for the World’s Fair of 1900 and it has been in this spot since 1906. A cast of this statue is in the Musée d’Orsay. Yet another version 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.
The original plaster sculpture for the Statue of Liberty is in the Musée des Arts et Metiers in Paris and a 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.