135 years ago, France offered the Statue of Liberty for the centenary of the declaration of independence of the United States. On June 7, a second Statue of Liberty will embark towards New York according to information from the Journal du Dimanche. This one will be much smaller than its predecessor, 93 meters high with its base. The replica is believed to celebrate the friendship between the two countries and those who participated in the construction of this symbolic monument around the world.
The little “Liberty Enlightening the World”, its original name, will arrive in New York on July 4 for the American National Day and will be installed on Ellis Island opposite the big one. Thereafter, it will take the road to Washington where it will be exhibited in the residence of the Ambassador of France. But unlike the original “Grande Dame”, this is a ten-year loan granted by the Conservatory to the Quai d’Orsay.
Before his departure from Le Havre, a departure ceremony will be organized in Paris in the presence of Olivier Faron, general administrator of the National Conservator of Arts and Crafts, and initiator of the project. For this trip of almost a month, the State chose the shipowner CMA-CGM. The statue will be protected by transparent Plexiglas and placed in a custom-designed sarcophagus in the Tosca container ship under the French flag.
In 1886, a work signed Viollet-le-Duc Eiffel and Bartholdi
The first of the name was designed by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, engineered by Gustave Eiffel and then sculpted by Auguste Batholdi. A miniature of the original version is also on display at the Conservatory of Arts and Crafts. Initially, it was to be offered to celebrate the centenary of the American Declaration of Independence of 1776, but it was inaugurated ten years late. Another replica of the Statue of Liberty, installed on Île aux Cygnes in Paris, was offered in return to France for the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution in 1889.