Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Statue of Liberty in Madison Square Park

The arm and torch of the Statue of Liberty in Madison Square Park, New York. These portions of the Statue were exhibited to raise funds for the completion of the statue and its pedestal. The arm and torch remained in the park from 1876 until 1882.

Members of the public could pay fifty cents to climb to the balcony of the torch.

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  1. Great photos. It would be neat to somehow hear the comments that people made when they discussed the future statue.

  2. I didn't know they took this step in the construction. I love the top picture with the giant hand emerging in the city.

  3. I didn’t know either! It's mentioned in a book I’m reading: ‘Time and Again’ by Jack Finney. It is about a man who is travelling back in time to 19th century New York City.

    This is what a 19th century character says about it in the book: “The entire statue is to be erected in the harbour someday,” she said without interest. “If they should ever decide where. And manage to collect enough money to do so. No one seems interested in paying for it; some say it will never go up.”

  4. I would have loved to have seen it in person, but the photos of the statues torch is amazing enough.


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