Thursday, August 17, 2017

Throwback Thursday "Statue of Liberty Arm 1876"

1876 The Statue of Liberty’s right arm and torch is put on display for the next 6 years in an effort to raise funding to complete the statue’s construction.

French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi had originally planned to have the statue ready for presentation to the U.S. on July 4, 1876, when the nation would be celebrating its centennial. Delays prevented that, however, and the work continued in Bartholdi's Paris studio. Still, the torch and giant right arm (the index finger alone is 8 feet long) had been completed and that part of the statue was shipped to Philadelphia, where it was exhibited at the Centennial Exposition. Later that year, the arm and torch were sent to New York and installed at the northern end of Madison Square Park as part of a campaign to raise funds for the construction of a pedestal.

There it remained for the next six years and though the upraised arm with its golden torch was destined to become perhaps the most iconic symbol of freedom in modern history.

In 1885 fund raising efforts were at a standstill, until a push from Joseph Pulitzer, publisher of the World garnered nearly 120,000 donations, enabling the completion of the pedestal and the assembly of the Statue of Liberty in place on Bedloe's Island.

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