This nine-foot-tall, 1,000 pounds bronze statue is in DC to “celebrate the most central value of the French-American partnership: freedom”!
For the next 10 years, the Statue of Liberty’s “Little Sister” is being loaned from the Musée des Arts et Métier in Paris to Americans. Made in 1878, the statue is arriving just in time for Bastille Day, July 14, and will be installed at DC’s French Ambassador’s home. A significant gesture since the original Statue of Liberty came as a gift from the French to the United States in 1886.
“The arrival of the new Lady Liberty will celebrate the most central value of the French-American partnership: freedom. The technological, artistic, and logistical challenges that had to be overcome to bring this new statue to America tell a modern tale of successful international cooperation.” the French Embassy writes in their press release.
After visiting her “older sister” in Ellis Island from July 1 to July 5, this smaller replica can be seen on the front lawn of the Ambassador’s home. In the Kalorama neighborhood, pedestrians can peek through the fence to see her standing tall with pride after its unveiling on July 13.
[Featured image: Francois Mori]