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Scientific, Political, Artistic, and Controversial Aspects of the Statue of Liberty

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  1. Introduction
  2. The fund raising committee called the Franco American Union
  3. The Statue of Liberty
    1. A bridge from the past to the future
    2. Political applications as a piece of artwork
  4. Roosevelt's speech on the day of Liberty's birthday
  5. The French-American Committee for the Restoration of the Statue of Liberty
  6. The battle over restoration
  7. The solution to the problem
  8. Conclusion
  9. Works cited

The Statue of Liberty holds great significance in the United States because of its symbolic and patriotic nature. It also represents hope; the statue bears the words ?Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free? (Cable 3). Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi designed this majestic figure, one of the first works reflecting neo-classical style of architecture, as a benevolent gesture from the French people. Over a century has passed since then and with it came the myriad of controversy surrounding this national symbol. One of the controversies was over the issue of restoration: why and how will this century-old statue be restored? Another controversy is the growing threat of terrorism affecting the kinds of steps that should be taken to preserve the statue. The way in which these arguments were resolved had tremendous implications on the symbolism and historical value of the Statue of Liberty.

[...] The Statue of Liberty has changed drastically since Bartholdi designed it, both in structure and in meaning. With modern times the lady liberty has lost a lot of its originality, thus altering its historical and emotional value, in order to preserve its future existence. Bartholdi's goal of seeing the statue become a universal symbol of liberty was only partially successful and the meaning of the statue has changed over time to include the struggle that many refuges had taken to achieve freedom. [...]


[...] In either case the Statue of Liberty can be called a work of art because of its old age, communication with history, and uniqueness. The Statue of Liberty is possibly one of the most easily recognizable icons of America in existence today. At approximately 92 meters, it can be seen just as easily the skyscrapers that tower over New York. When one thinks of the Statue of Liberty, perhaps the most common association for one to make is the Statue as somewhat of a welcoming sight for immigrants first setting foot upon American soil. [...]


[...] To this issue there were two sides; on one hand some believed that the statue of lady Liberty should not be altered because it will lose a lot of its symbolic and historical significance and on the other hand some believed that it should be restored as to preserve its future and prevent any further damage to it. In 1980 when the National Park Service checked the condition of the statue they discovered to their horror that the statue was in deep trouble (Hayden 78). [...]

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