Public Art: Statue of Liberty (replica)
Also Known as: Liberty Enlightening The World
Sculptor: Replica of the statue by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi
Description: This statue is the second replica in Paris of New York’s Statue of Liberty. It is one-fourth scale of the original at 37ft 9″ (11.50m). The tablet she holds bears two dates: “IV Juillet 1776” (July 4th, 1776) and “XIV Juillet 1789” (July 14, 1789 – the storming of the Bastille).
Date Unveiled: The Paris Statue of Liberty was inaugurated on the 4th of July, 1889 by French President Marie Francois Sadi Carnot.
Funded By: The monument was given to the City of Paris by the American community of Paris to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution.
Location: Liberty can be found at Ile aux Cygnes, a small artificial island in the river Seine, near Grenelle Bridge in Paris, France. The closest Metro stations are Passy and Bir-Hakeim.
Statue of liberty in Paris Trivia:
When the Paris statue was erected it faced east, towards the Eiffel Tower, but in 1937, during the Exposition Universelle (World Fair), it was turned west to face in the direction of New York City and its counterpart.
There are many replicas of the Statue of Liberty in France, but it is believed the bronze statue which stands in the Jardin du Luxembourg was the original model Bartholdi used for his preparation work for the New York statue.