The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France to the United States, and it was delivered in pieces and assembled on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. Here’s how the Statue of Liberty was delivered and erected:
- Design and Construction in France: The Statue of Liberty, officially named “Liberty Enlightening the World,” was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. The statue’s copper pieces were constructed in France between 1876 and 1884.
- Disassembly and Shipping: The statue was disassembled into approximately 300 copper pieces, along with its iron framework. These pieces were packed in more than 200 crates and shipped to the United States.
- Arrival in New York Harbor: The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor on June 17, 1885, aboard the French frigate Isère. The ship carrying the statue received a grand welcome and was escorted by U.S. Navy vessels and other boats. The statue’s arrival was celebrated with parades and festivities in New York City.
- Assembly on Bedloe’s Island (now Liberty Island): After its arrival, the statue was reassembled on a pedestal on Bedloe’s Island (now known as Liberty Island). The pedestal was designed by American architect Richard Morris Hunt and built with the help of American funding, as the U.S. government provided the pedestal while the French people financed the statue itself.
- Dedication: The Statue of Liberty was officially dedicated on October 28, 1886, in a ceremony attended by dignitaries from both France and the United States. The dedication marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence.
The Statue of Liberty has since become an enduring symbol of freedom, democracy, and the enduring friendship between the United States and France. It remains one of the most iconic landmarks in the world and a significant tourist attraction, welcoming millions of visitors each year.