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Drawing of the Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable structures in the world today, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Designed by Frédéric Bartholdi in collaboration with the French engineer Gustave Eiffel, the sculpture stands at a height of 151 feet 1 inch (46 meters); from ground to torch, 305 feet 1 inch (93 meters) tall.

A joint project between the French and Americans, it required the Americans to build the pedestal and provide the site, while the French would build the sculpture. The photographs you see here belong to the construction period of the Statue of Liberty in 1883, and are part of the New York Public Library’s Photography Collection.

Men in a workshop hammering sheets of copper for the construction of the Statue of Liberty

Men in a workshop hammering sheets of copper for the construction of the Statue of Liberty

View of the workshop, with models of the Statue of Liberty in the background

Men at work on the construction of the Statue of Liberty

Construction of the skeleton and plaster surface of the left arm and hand of the Statue of Liberty

Head of the Statue of Liberty on display in a park in Paris

The external area of the workshop in Paris, including construction materials and the Statue head

Scaffolding for the assemblage of the Statue of Liberty

Assemblage of the Statue of Liberty in Paris

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