Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island
Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi (Sculptor), Richard Morris Hunt (Architect of the base) and Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (Engineer) (1874-1886)
With its base built over the former Fort Wood's (1811) star-shaped ramparts dating from 1811, Bartholdi's "Liberty Lighting the World" was a gift from France commemorating liberty and friendship with the United States. The classically-inspired image of Lady Liberty is supported by an innovative metal framework designed by the famous engineer of the Eiffel Tower.

"The New Colossus"

a poem by Emma Lazarus, engraved on the base of the statue:

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
`Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!' cries she
With silent lips. `Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse to your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.'

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