France is to give a new gift to America. According to Journal du Dimanche issued on May 30, 2021, France is to send second Statue of Liberty to the United States. The goal? “Pay homage to all those who enabled the installation of the first Statue of Liberty, and those who have fought for what she represents all over the world”, JDD explains.
Still according to the weekly, the bronze statue that will cross the Atlantic ocean is a replica of the Statue of Liberty currently visible in front of the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris.
According to JDD, this second Lady Liberty is to leave town on June 7 before arriving in New York, on Ellis Island, to be exact, this July 4th, namely on Independence Day. The Statue will then complete a journey to Washington D.C. to be displayed in the gardens of the French Ambassador’s gardens for 10 years, the duration of the loan agreed by the Conservatoire at the Quai d’Orsay.
According to JDD, this Miss Liberty measures 2.83 meters, which is far less impressible than its famous and legendary bigger sister that is 93-meter tall. For the record, the first Statue of Liberty – inaugurated 135 years ago on Liberty Island – was designed by Viollet-le-Duc and sculpted by Bartholdi.