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I shot this back in August of 2001…a month before the towers went down. I was living in New York at that time! I used to ride the Staten Island Ferries almost everyday. It was perfect for taking photos and this is when I was still using a 35mm!!! :o)

The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World, French: La Liberté éclairant le monde) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture onLiberty Island in New York Harbor, designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The statue, a gift to the United States from the people of France, is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue has become an iconic symbol of freedom and of the United States.
Bartholdi was inspired by French law professor and politician Édouard René de Laboulaye, who commented in 1865 that any monument raised to American independence would properly be a joint project of the French and American peoples. Due to the troubled political situation in France, work on the statue did not commence until the early 1870s. In 1875, Laboulaye proposed that the French finance the statue and the Americans provide the pedestal and the site. Bartholdi completed both the head and the torch-bearing arm before the statue was fully designed, and these pieces were exhibited for publicity at international expositions. The arm was displayed in New York’sMadison Square Park from 1876 to 1882. Fundraising proved difficult, especially for the Americans, and by 1885 work on the pedestal was threatened due to lack of funds. Publisher Joseph Pulitzer of the World initiated a drive for donations to complete the project, and the campaign inspired over 120,000 contributors, most of whom gave less than a dollar. The statue was constructed in France, shipped overseas in crates, and assembled on the completed pedestal on what was then called Bedloe’s Island. The statue’s completion was marked by New York’s first ticker-tape parade and a dedication ceremony presided over by President Grover Cleveland.
The statue was administered by the United States Lighthouse Board until 1901 and then by the Department of War; since 1933 it has been maintained by the National Park Service. The statue was closed for renovation for much of 1938. In the early 1980s, it was found to have deteriorated to such an extent that a major restoration was required. While the statue was closed from 1984 to 1986, the torch and a large part of the internal structure were replaced. After the September 11 attacks in 2001, it was closed for reasons of safety and security; the pedestal reopened in 2004 and the statue in 2009, with limits on the number of visitors allowed to ascend to the crown. The statue is scheduled to close for up to a year beginning in late 2011 so that a secondary staircase can be installed. Public access to the balcony surrounding the torch has been barred for safety reasons since 1916.

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I love the arts…nature…animals…
I find my peace while photographing
the beauty around me…
sunrises, sunsets, trees, flowers, animals,
the lake, architecture…
I also like to draw and back in the 80s, I loved all of the work by
Patrick Nagel, and I was doing drawings like his!!!

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Comments

  • virginian
    virginianover 3 years ago

    Nice work; looks terrific. A fave.

  • TY very much and for the fave!!! :o) I love NY

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • Caterpillar
    Caterpillarover 3 years ago

  • How totally groovy cool!!! TY so very much :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 3 years ago

    beautifully cone!!!!

  • TY very much Lois and for the fave :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenover 3 years ago

    This is excellent! Love the texture! My sister worked on one the 90th floor of one of the towers…about a year before they were destroyed. Funny how the Statue of Liberty always reminds me of that day….

  • TY very much Karen…anything NY reminds me…I have pix from ground zero :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

  • TY very much Trish :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • Misunderstood24
    Misunderstood24over 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot!
    love and hugs
    Instant favorite!

  • TY very much and for the fave :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • mohawk man
    mohawk manover 3 years ago

    i grew up in bridgeport ct.; and visited the statue many times as a child, this is prolly the best photo of her i’ve ever seen!

  • TY very much!!!…I did a lot of shoots of her every time I was on the Ferry. A good zoom lens and good to go LOL :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 3 years ago

    Wonderful work Dawn,,

  • TY so very much Warren :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • Christine Annas
    Christine Annasover 3 years ago

    Lovely edit, Dawn, such a nice vintage look ; 0

  • TY very much Chris…well, the girl is rather old!!! heehee :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 3 years ago

    A Wonderful image Dawn! I love the pp work…perfect!

  • TY so very much Carol :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

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