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Old 03-20-2020, 10:54 AM
 
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Growing up we were told how the statue of liberty was a gift, but I was watching a video about interesting facts about America and one of them was the statue of liberty wasn't a gift as America paid for most of its construction, is that true?
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Old 03-20-2020, 11:11 AM
 
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The statue itself was more or less a gift. Everything else was at the US's cost... island, pedestal, assembly, and eventually all of the park and visiting infrastructure. Sort of like being given a painting and having to build a museum to hold it.
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Old 03-20-2020, 11:51 AM
 
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The statue itself was more or less a gift. Everything else was at the US's cost... island, pedestal, assembly, and eventually all of the park and visiting infrastructure. Sort of like being given a painting and having to build a museum to hold it.
lol. Well put.
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Old 03-20-2020, 11:55 AM
 
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Not all gifts come preassembled.
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Old 03-20-2020, 02:24 PM
 
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Growing up we were told how the statue of liberty was a gift, but I was watching a video about interesting facts about America and one of them was the statue of liberty wasn't a gift as America paid for most of its construction, is that true?
Google is your friend.

Original proposal called for France to pay for statue and America for pedestal and so forth. But that deal fell apart as fundraising proved difficult on both sides of Atlantic. In the end it was via an appeal to public (largely Americans) who donated money to get the thing done.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_Liberty
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Old 03-20-2020, 03:08 PM
 
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NatLamp had a bit, years ago, about how France had this ugly statue and solved the problem by giving it to the US. The poem turned out to have been mistranslated and should have read "...now the wretched refuse is on your shore."

(Heavy handed like all NL humor, but it made me laugh.)
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Old 03-24-2020, 03:50 PM
 
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The Statue of Liberty was (ironically) intended for Egypt, at the mouth of the Suez Canal (the canal opened in 1869).

I am not sure about whether or not the design was changed when Egypt rejected it and it was offered to the USA.

So our iconic symbol could be (presumably) modeled after a Muslim woman, or at least a Middle Eastern native of some sort.
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Old 03-24-2020, 05:46 PM
 
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The Statue of Liberty was (ironically) intended for Egypt, at the mouth of the Suez Canal (the canal opened in 1869).

I am not sure about whether or not the design was changed when Egypt rejected it and it was offered to the USA.

So our iconic symbol could be (presumably) modeled after a Muslim woman, or at least a Middle Eastern native of some sort.
The Statue of Liberty was not intended for Egypt.

A lighthouse in the form of a female figure holding high a torch - a statue of sorts - was intended for Egypt, to be called Egypt Carrying the Light to Asia. While there are some similarities between Lady Liberty and the proposed Egyptian lighthouse, the designs are different as are the themes.

Essentially, the Statue of Liberty is a completely different project of sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, who simply incorporated some aspects of his previous idea into it.
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