The Statue of Liberty is a copper statue gifted to the people of the US by the people of France as a memento to appreciate the alliance that had come up between the French and the Americans for the purpose of the American Revolution.
The Statue of Liberty is the shortened name for 'Liberty Enlightening the World'. The caricature is of a woman holding a torch in her right hand. The burning torch is in itself a symbol of liberated knowledge. She has liberated herself from the chains of slavery.
The set of chains lying at her feet are part of the symbol. There is a crown on the head of the statue with seven rays emanating from it. They are symbolic of the seven oceans and seven continents in the world. There is a tablet in the left hand of the statue that has the Independence Day of the US inscribed on it, July 4, 1776.
The hollow copper body of the statue was built-in France. The statue was created by the French sculptor, Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi. The hollow body was shipped to the US in 350 pieces. The statue was assembled in New York.
The statue’s metallic frame was designed by the Frenchman, Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, the man behind the Eiffel Tower. The pedestal on which the Statue of Liberty stands was designed by the Americans. Liberty Island was chosen to be the spot where it would stand. It was inaugurated by President Grover Cleveland in 1886. An intensive restoration was conducted on the statue in 1986 to observe a century of its inauguration.
The Statue of Liberty stands tall facing the Atlantic Ocean symbolizing the values of freedom and democracy.