Saturday, May 2, 2015

Statue of Liberty - Bartholdi

We just learned about the famous work of art the Bethlehem Mural by artist Banksy.

Another famous work of art is the Statue of Liberty by French artist Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi in 1887.

Bartholdi liked America a lot because they gained their freedom from the British during the American Revolutionary War, and then they abolished slavery after the civil war. He also liked that America was a place that a lot of people moved to from other countries, when people were looking for a place to start new families and build new homes.

He came and visited America a few times, and when he was on the boat coming over he saw an island by New York that was empty, so he had the idea to put a statue there as a symbol of freedom for America.

He also wanted the people in his home country of France to look at the freedom that America had, and hopefully try to push for their own freedom.

The statue is of a Roman goddess named Libertas who stood for liberty and freedom.
In one arm she is holding a torch high to shine the light of freedom to the world.
In her other arm she is holding a tablet that has the year of America's independence, July 4th, 1776.

The statue was built piece by piece in France, and the pieces were shipped over the Atlantic Ocean to America to be put together.

After it was built it became a symbol of American Freedom for all travelers coming to the America from other countries.

(from: wikipedia - statue of liberty)

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