Whiff of the World: Statue of Liberty

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The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France on October 18, 1886. It was designed by a French sculptor named Frederic Bartholdi. The statue depicts Libertas, the Roman goddess of liberty. She holds a tabula ansata in her left hand which has Roman numerals inscribed in it. JULY IV MDCCLXXVI: July 4, 1776.

  • Weight of concrete: 54 million pounds
  • Amount of copper: 65,000 pounds
  • Amount of steel: 250,000 pounds
  • Number of steps to the crown: 354
  • Height: 305 ft (93 meters)
  • The 7 points on the crown represent the 7 seas and 7 continents in the world
  • 3.5 million people visit each year
  • The sculptor is said to have modeled the face after his own mother
  • The statue gets struck by lightning about 600 times per year

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