Making of Lady Liberty

If you’ve ever been to New York City, you may have climbed the 354 steps of the Statue of Liberty, but do you know the story behind the landmark?

At the 95th Street Library, local artist and storyteller Jim Weren presented some history of Lady Liberty and her maker, Frederic Bartholdi.

Weren explains that Bartholdi created the statue to celebrate the relationship between the French and American people that was forged because of the American Revolution. That project would take him 20 years to complete.

“The most remarkable thing is halfway through the project, even more so, he couldn’t figure out how to get this thing to stand up, said Weren. “So he had a good friend named August Eifel – Eifel Tower – who was an engineer at the time so he designed the interior of it, a least how to hang these copper pieces to stand up in the wind,” said Weren.

And she certainly has withstood the elements for the past 128 years, even though her copper skin is only the thickness of two pennies.

Weren has presented more than 220 times throughout his lifetime. His next: A presentation about Civil War spies at Naper Settlement in May.

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