12 Surprising Facts About The Statue of Liberty!


From its origins, to what has been done with
some of its parts, join me as I reveal to you some of the most surprising facts about
the Statue of Liberty. 12. It Wasn’t American In Construction
When people think of the Statue of Liberty, they immediately think of what it meant to
immigrants who came to the country in the early 1900’s. And in modern times, it’s recognized as one
of the most important monuments in US history. What many people forget was that this statue
was not made by an American, period. Instead, it was made by a Frenchman, two in
fact depending on how you look at it. First was French sculptor Frédéric Auguste
Bartholdi and its metal framework was built by Gustave Eiffel. Yes, of the Eiffel Tower fame. Which goes to show how much credibility he
had that he got to do two monuments that still stand today. Just as interesting though, because of the
troubles in France at the time after the Revolutionary War, the statue itself couldn’t be made until
the 1870’s. As if that wasn’t enough, the statue had trouble
getting the funding it needed, so some famous names, including Joseph Pulitzer, did fundraisers
to help get it finished. Once built in France, it was shipped to the
Unites States in crates over the course of months, and it was assembled on the island. The Statue of Liberty is held to a high standard
and honor. For many immigrants, seeing Lady Liberty was
proof that they had made it to their “new home”. And the iconic phrase on her, “Give me your
tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” and the rest is considered
a key phrase in history. A testament to what America was meant to be
for the entire world. 11. The “Common Name” Is A Nickname
If I were to say to you, “Statue of Liberty”, you would know exactly what I meant. You would picture the iconic statue, maybe
even do the pose that Lady Liberty is doing. But what a lot of people don’t know…is that
“The Statue Of Liberty” is a nickname for the statue given to it by the mainstream media. No, for real. When the French constructed it and christened
it on Liberty Island, they had a very long and poetic name for the statue, “Liberty Enlightening
The World”. In other words, it was meant to be a name
that spoke to how Lady Liberty was a symbol of America, of how being free was important
as was the freedom to do what you wanted more or less without the fear of a king. Which was ironic as France at the time had
Napoleon who was a dictator, but that’s another list topic. Eventually, “Liberty Enlightening The World”
became “The Statue of Liberty” and that nickname has stuck ever sense. 10. There Is More Than One
Usually, when it comes to a major monument, there is just one of them. The White House, the Eiffel Tower, the Great
Wall of China, Stonehenge, that kind of thing. And when you see the massive size and scope
of the Statue of Liberty, you’d think the same thing, right? Well…not so much. In fact, there are many copies of the Statue
of Liberty in various sizes all over the world. And no, I don’t mean like gift shop versions
of the statue that you can buy for a few bucks. I’m talking decent sized monuments of the
statue. Granted, none of them are as big as the one
in New York City, but there are some that are really quite striking. Many of these came from the fact that the
designers had to make scale models to plan out the metal work, and many of those were
left in France after construction was finished. Which was referenced in the movie National
Treasure Book of Secrets. Others can be found in Las Vegas, Norway,
Denmark, and even Rio De Janiero in Brazil! But again, nothing beats the original in terms
of size. Before we expand your mind more on the lifetime
of Lady Liberty, be sure to like the video and subscribe to the channel so you don’t
miss our weekly videos! 9. The Statue and the Island Used To House People
When it comes to the monuments of the world, there are people who are “ordained” to take
care of it over the long term and make sure that people don’t tag or violate the monuments. It’s often a thankless job because we don’t
think about it that often. But now that we’re talking about it…who
does take care of the Statue of Liberty? That would be the superintendent of the site,
and what’s more, those who are deemed the superintendent get a special honor. They get to actually live on Liberty Island. Oh yeah. The most recent of them was David Luchsinger,
who lived in a small brick house on the island with his wife. Not unlike past superintendents to the statue. They’re honestly “awarded” the house and living
areas when they get the job. However, after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the
house was damaged, and they were forced to leave the island. Just as interesting, from 1818 until the mid-1930s,
the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty was a military base. Which meant that the families of the soldiers
staying there had basically unrestricted access to the statue. In articles that were written after the fort
closed down, they took a lot of…liberties…with what they should and shouldn’t have done. Including firing bottle rockets off the statue,
bouncing baseballs off the torch to see how high they would bounce, and so on. Now though, the island is deserted in terms
of residents living there full-time. 8. You Were Once Able To Climb Up The Torch
If I was to ask you what the highest point of the Statue of Liberty was, you’d easily
say, “The Torch”. After all, that’s the part of the statue that
is the highest raised into the air via Liberty’s arm. Today, you can only go as high as the crown
section of the statue. But once upon a time, you were able to go
up the arm and climb to the very top of the torch. Which must have been a transcendent experience
to be sure. The climb was difficult, and a lot of kids
that were on the island did that climb as a dare. But for those “responsible” adults who waited
until the statue was open for business, they could do it under supervision. Then came the Black Tom Incident, when German
agents in 1918 (this was during World War 1) were so desperate to stop a munitions transport
from getting to Europe that they quite literally blew up an island. They ignited the munitions itself, which resulted
in an explosion of about 2 million tons of explosive ordinance. Needless to say, that island was GONE. But that’s not the end of the story. The explosion wasn’t just an island killer,
it sent a shockwave that shattered windows 25 miles away. And it sent shrapnel in all directions. Including up towards the Statue of Liberty. Due to this explosion, the torch section was
shut down for repairs, and it was never re-opened. 7. It’s a Climb To The Top
You’d think that in the modern era that we live in that someone would’ve installed an
elevator in the Statue of Liberty, but nope! That would require a lot of work on the structure
and beyond. So because of that, if you wish to get to
the crown of the statue and observe the view from on high…you need to climb stairs. And not just a few, 354 of them. I hope you all are in good shape! Now yeah, that is a lot, and it’s going to
take an effort to get up there, but the sight of New York and the Atlantic Ocean from that
spot is pretty cool. So suck it up and climb! After all, do you want to be made fun of for
NOT doing it because you were slightly out of shape or lazy? That’s what I thought. 6. The Spikes Are A “Halo”
There are many elements to the Statue of Liberty that make it such a visually striking statue. There’s Lady Liberty herself wrapped in a
robe, the torch symbolizing a beacon of hope, the book she holds that is inscribed with
the Declaration of Independence signing date and more. But with the crown, there are seven spikes
that come off of it, and many think that it’s just an “extension” of the crown. When in reality, it’s supposed to be something
else. Mainly, it’s a halo. Sure, it doesn’t look like a typical halo,
but the spikes are meant to represent that kind of shape, as well as symbolize the seven
seas and the seven continents on our planet. At one point, they actually had to be removed
because the things that held them to the crown had rusted over. 5. It Was A Lighthouse
While the torch that Lady Liberty holds is seen as a symbol of the “light of hope” or
being a “beacon of light for all to see”, if you look at it close enough you’ll notice
that the torch truly looks like it can be lightened up. And it was for a short period of time. For 2 years after the final construction of
the Statue of Liberty, the torch was turned on so that the statue could be a literal lighthouse
for New York and the ships coming to it. A rather brilliant idea. And like a good lighthouse, it functioned
for some time, 16 years in fact. So why did it shut down? It wasn’t because of cost ironically enough,
but rather, the light from the torch was too dim to see at sea. Which for a lighthouse is a bad thing. So, President Theodore Roosevelt ordered the
torch be shut down so more proper lighthouses in the area could be built. 4. It Didn’t Start Out Green
When the Statue of Liberty was constructed on Liberty Island, it wasn’t green as you
see it now. It was copper, which is appropriate because
that’s what it’s made of mostly. So when it was unveiled, it looked like a
very bright penny. Which begs the question, how did it go from
bright brown…to green? The answer is time. Because over time, certain metals get a different
“shade” to them known as patina. And for copper, it goes from brown to green. The process was not quick to be clear, it
took about 20-30 years for the patina to shine forth. And when it was done, most people liked the
look of it a lot better than the brown. So even when work was being done on it, the
green was made sure to be the color they all saw. Ironically enough, the patina now acts as
a protective later to ensure that the statue doesn’t rust or take serious damage from the
weather. 3. The Statue Almost Had a “Sister” In Egypt
It’s not uncommon for certain landmarks to have “relatives” depending on the significance
of the statue, the fame of the builder, and more. As noted, the Statue of Liberty isn’t singular,
but a very close relative was almost made in Egypt once upon a time. This was due to the statues Sculptor Frédéric
Bartholdi, once he was done with the American statue, he went to Egypt and proposed a similar
like statue for the royalty there. In this case, it would go to the Suez Canal,
and also act as a lighthouse. Why wasn’t it built? Simple, the rulers of Egypt deemed it too
“costly”. 2. There Was A Real Lady Liberty
When it comes to art, especially sculptures featuring human beings, a question that is
often asked is, “Who was this modeled after?” Sometimes it’s a famous person, like the statue
of David, and other times it’s a mystery, like Mona Lisa. For the Statue of Liberty though, Sculptor
Frédéric Bartholdi decided to quite literally look for a model close to home. He used his mother. To the extent that not only was it modeled
after her, he dressed her up as the statue one time to impress a senator at an opera. And the senator was indeed impressed. 1. Parts Of It Were Used To Make A Motorcycle
No, I’m not kidding you, and it was actually a really big deal when it happened. You see, the Statue of Liberty is made of
copper in part as we noted earlier, and during the restoration of the Statue of Liberty,
the commission that takes care of it decided to take that copper and put it to good use. I’ll let them describe the event:
” Through an exclusive agreement, Gold Leaf Corporation commisioned world famous Orange
County Choppers to create a masterpiece of contemporary art utilizing artifacts preserved
from the restoration of the Statue of Liberty. The Liberty Bike serves as an Ambassador of
Liberty perpetuating the message of Liberty and Freedom throughout America and the world. The Liberty Bike is entirely plated in copper
preserved from the centennial restoration of The Statue of Liberty National Monument.” They weren’t joking when they said the thing
was almost entirely made of copper, it is, and it shines brightly because of it. Granted, there are some non-copper things
of course, including the wiring that helps the bike go. In fact, there is a section of wiring on the
bike from the Statue of Liberty via the torch. Paul Jr. and Sr worked really hard on the
bike during a couple of episodes of American Chopper, and it stands as one of the most
iconic builds they ever did. And at the time, Paul Jr called it, ” …the
most meaningful bike in the world.” Thanks for watching! What did you think about these facts about
the Statue of Liberty? Did some of them blow you away? Which ones shocked you the most? Let me know in the comments below, be sure
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8 thoughts on “12 Surprising Facts About The Statue of Liberty!

  • Another little-known fact is that the statue was never meant to be about immigration, but rather the abolition of slavery. That is why you see an unfettered chain next to one of her feet.

  • You better read that poem again on the statue because you left out a few words. It says for people who can stand on their own and not be a charge to this country. Quit trying to change what it says.

  • about the chopper, I think the frame would have to be made of a stronger metal then copper which is pretty soft and malleable, the thickness of the shell of the statue of liberty is 3/32 of an inch, the thickness of two pennies placed together. unless they forged it into a thicker Mil. I think the copper must have been used more for cosmetic appearance then structural. and wires are made from copper, a pretty good conductor of electricity, next up would be silver, then gold, which are excellent conductors, albeit pricey.

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