Statue of Liberty, the 151-foot tall statue on Liberty Island (Bedloe's Island) in New York Harbor, New York City, turned 130 years old on Friday, October 28. The statue, which has become a symbol of the nation, was dedicated on Liberty Island in 1886.
The statue was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, inspired by French law professor Édouard René Lefèbvre de Laboulaye and built by designer and builder Gustave Eiffel. The statue was a gift to the United States from France.
The Statue of Liberty is officially named Liberty Enlightening the World, but for several, it is known as Lady Liberty or The Lady. It took years for the completion of the statue. The statue was finally completed in France in 1884, but there was no money to construct a pedestal for the statue in New York.
The pedestal, designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt, was completed in 1886 after more than 100,000 people contributed approximately $275,000 through fundraising events in America.
The statue is a monumental gift from France, but it also acts as a symbol of welcome to the several immigrants who arrive through Ellis Island. For millions of immigrants coming from different parts of the world, this Statue of Liberty has become their first glimpse of the US.