Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Statue of Paris

We all know the Statue of Liberty. "Liberty Enlightening the World" was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States to commemorate the 100th anniversary of American independence. In fact, there are three Lady Liberty statues. The most famous stands at the entrance of New York harbor . . . a 151-foot statue of a woman holding a book and a torch on-high. Another, smaller statue casts her gaze from Swan Ally Island in the Seine River near the Grenelle Bridge in Paris. A third SOL stands among the flower gardens and fountains of Paris’ Luxembourg Gardens, which is home to the French Senate. This one is the original ‘life size’ cast created by architect and sculptor Frédéric Auguste Batholdi. She’s about 15 feet high on her pedestal and purveys the garden’s flowers and trees.


Anonymous said...

Was 'Statue of Liberty' the official name given by the French/Designer or is this an American name?

Dave said...

The French originally named her "Liberty Enlightening the World" (La liberté éclairant le monde) we now know her as the Statue of Liberty (Statue de la Liberté)

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