Mini Statue of Liberty on loan from France joins original in New York Harbor York

A scaled-down replica of the Statue of Liberty was built on Thursday on Ellis Island in New York Harbor, recreating its big sister’s journey more than a century ago.

The replica, which stands 2.8 meters high, started its journey from France to the United States last week on the back of a flatbed trailer.

On Thursday, workers carefully unveiled the plastic film used to protect the statue during its journey across the Atlantic.

The work is lent to the United States for 10 years by the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Paris, in a gesture aimed at strengthening French-American friendship.

“It is a symbol of the friendship between the French and the American people, but it also reminds of the importance of the message of freedom and enlightenment of the world, the name of the statue,” said Philippe Étienne, the French ambassador. to the United States, during an inauguration ceremony.

“It is the vital importance of freedom in our democracies, within our societies and also in the world.”

The larger version of the Statue of Liberty, measuring 305 feet (93 meters) including the base, was given to the United States by France as a gift. It was assembled in 1886 and has been on Liberty Island in New York Harbor ever since.

The 992-pound (450-kilogram) bronze replica is made from the original plaster model of Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi’s Statue of Liberty and will be on display at Ellis Island from July 1-6 – so it will be in New York for Independence Day on July 4. celebrate.

It will then move to Washington.

“We thought it was so important to have this meeting between the little sisters and the big sisters, especially on July 4 and then on July 14 – which is our national day, Bastille Day – it will be inaugurated again, but in Washington,” said Etienne.


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