How many years did it take to build the Statue of Liberty?
The Statue of Liberty, formerly known as “Liberty Enlightening the World”, was the brainchild of French sculptor Auguste Bartholdi, a gift from France to America. Its construction took hundreds of workers working 7 days a week, 10 hours a day, 9 years to complete in 1884. 350 statue pieces were packed into 214 crates and shipped from France to New York. The statue was reconstructed on Bedloe Island, now called Liberty Island, in New York harbor because this was where people would get their first view of the New World as they sailed into the harbor. The statue is a universal symbol of freedom that welcomes all immigrants coming to America.
“Liberty Enlightening the World,” the official name for the statue, was officially dedicated on October 28, 1886, but it took 21 years to be transformed from an idea to a copper and steel statue gracing New York City’s harbor. According to the National Park Service’s historical handbook, Frenchman Edouard de Laboulaye first conceived of a monument celebrating the friendship between France and the United States. He was at a dinner near Versailles, and one of his dining companions was a young sculptor, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. De Laboulaye spearheaded the effort to create a monument, and Bartholdi soon began sketching ideas for what this monument should look like. Eventually, Bartholdi became t