It took years to complete the construction of the Statue of Liberty – also known as Liberty Enlightening the World – but here are some peeks behind the scenes into how it was done!

Liberty Enlightening the World: The Statue of Liberty’s construction

Lady Liberty’s face is seen here on Liberty Island, waiting to be installed:

Lady Liberty's face is seen here on Liberty Island, waiting to be installed


Workshop in Paris, showing construction materials, the head of the Statue of Liberty

Workshop in Paris, showing construction materials, the head of the Statue of Liberty


Construction of the skeleton and plaster surface of the left arm and hand of the Statue of Liberty

Construction of the skeleton and plaster surface of the left arm and hand of the Statue of Liberty


Statue of Liberty construction in Paris

Workmen constructing the Statue of Liberty in Bartholdi’s Parisian warehouse workshop; first model; left hand; and quarter-size head (Winter 1882)

Workmen constructing the Statue of Liberty in Bartholdi's Parisian warehouse workshop


Head of Statue of Liberty on display in a park in Paris (1883)

From an album of the construction works of the colossal statue of Liberty, intended for the port of New York / Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi.
>Head of Statue of Liberty on display in park in Paris


Colossal hand and torch “Liberty”

The torch and part of the arm of the Statue of Liberty, on display at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. Information booth at base of arm, and two people seen at railing below flame of torch.


Statue of Liberty construction time: Going up!

Below is the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty, as it looked when the monument was first under construction:

The pedestal for the Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty construction - island

Statue of Liberty construction - scaffolding


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Source publication: Photos from the NPS Collection & the New York Public Library

Filed under: 1880s, Photos & photography, Places

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