In 1982 a restoration was done on the 305 ft. green lady that we all know as the statue of Liberty. This restoration cost 87 million dollars to do! The statue was in good condition because her skin is made out of copper, but with driving winds, and whipping rains her torch wasn’t holding up so well. The torch is where the restoration took place.
The statue of Liberty was originally brought to America in the late 1800’s. It was presented to us by the French as a gift of friendship. It was designed by Frederic A. Bartholdi and Alexandre Gustave Eiffel.
It was difficult to restore the statue because it involved two countries. So there were two different opinions being put into the restoration. A lot of research had to be done in order to restore the statue right. Over a hundred engineers and technicians were hired to help with the restoration.
While working on the restoration, it was in the front of everybody’s mind that the restoration of the torch that 12 whole people could fit inside of had a strict deadline of July 4th, 1986. According to statueofliberty.net, two years of restoration work was completed before the statue’s centennial celebration on July 4, 1986.
The statue of Liberty is a very important part of our history and it is a piece of American culture that is irreplaceable. Restoring it and protecting it is something that we must continue to do. We are very fortunate to have such a statue as the one that stands tall and proud in New York City.
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