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The Statue Of Liberty

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The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the United States from the people of France, conceived and designed as a monument to a great international friendship. But its significance has broadened and for many people throughout the world it has become the recognized symbol of liberty. See dedication poem: The New Colossus

Historical Notes:

Physical Details:
                                             Standard          Metric
  Height from base to torch                   151' 1"          46.50m
  Foundation of pedestal to torch             305' 1"          92.99m
  Heel to top of head                         111' 1"          33.86m
  Length of hand                               16' 5"           5.00m
  index finger                                  8' 0"           2.44m
  Circumference at second joint                 3' 6"           1.07m
  Size of fingernail                          13"x10"        13x25.4m
  Head from chin to cranium                    17' 3"           5.26m
  Head thickness from ear to ear               10' 0"           3.05m
  Distance across the eye                       2' 6"            .76m
  Length of nose                                4' 6"           l.48m
  Right arm length                             42' 0"          12.80m
  Right arm greatest thickness                 12' 0"           3.66m
  Thickness of waist                           35' 0"          10.67m
  Width of mouth                                3' 0"            .91m
  Tablet, length                               23' 7"           7.19m
  Tablet, width                                13' 7"           4.14m
  Tablet, thickness                             2' 0"            .61m
  Height of granite pedestal                   89' 0"          27.13m
  Height of foundation                         65' 0"          19.81m


Weight of copper used in Statue - 200,000 pounds (100 tons)
Weight of steel used in Statue -  250,000 pounds (125 tons)
Total weight used in Statue -     450,000 pounds (225 tons)
Copper sheeting of Statue is 3/32 of an inch thick (2.37mm)


The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch whose flame
Is imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep ancient lands your storied pomp!" cries she with silent lips.

"Give me your tired your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"


Emma Lazarus (1849-1887)

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