|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
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