See the Statue of Liberty like you’ve never seen her before

Note: This article may feature affiliate links to Amazon or other companies, and purchases made via these links may earn us a small commission at no additional cost to you. Find out more here.

See how our famous Statue of Liberty was originally assembled, from the 6-story head to the gigantic torch

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, as well as close-up photos from repairs and renovations.

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.
 data-lazy-srcset=Head of Statue of Liberty on display in park in Paris” width=”750″ height=”975″>


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 the base of the arm, and two people are seen at railing below flame of the 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


Sketch from during the initial construction

Statue of Liberty construction - island


Newspaper illustration of the construction scaffolding

Statue of Liberty construction - scaffolding


Restoration images

Statue of Liberty’s torch in restored copper
Statue of Liberty's torch in restored copper


Liberty with scaffolding during repairs in the eighties

Statue of Liberty with scaffording during repairs in the eighties


Holding her torch

Statue of Liberty holding her torch


Fingers holding the torch

Statue of Liberty - Fingers holding the torch


Liberty’s arm

Statue of Liberty's arm


Side view of head 

Statue of Liberty - Side view of head - 1985


As seen from torch arm

Statue of Liberty - seen from torch arm


Statue face

Liberty statue face


Head from the side back

Statue of Liberty's head from the side back


Close-up of hair

Close-up of the Statue of Liberty's hair


Inside of the head

Inside the Statue of Liberty's head


Liberty’s face mask

Statue of Liberty's face mask


Close up of the face – Lips and nose

Close up of the Statue of Liberty's face - Lips and nose


The inside of the face

The inside of the Statue of Liberty's face


Date book

Statue of Liberty - Date book


Liberty’s staircase inside

Statue of Liberty's staircase inside


Liberty’s feet and toes

Statue of Liberty's feet and toes


Inside Statue of Liberty

Inside Statue of Liberty


Liberty with scaffolding in the 1980s

Statue of Liberty with scaffolding in the 1980s


Liberty Island, New York

Liberty Island, New York

 

MORE  7 classic Hershey's chocolate cake recipes from the '70s

 

 

 

More stories you might like

See our books

One Response

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Because the fun never ends:

Pin It on Pinterest

join the fun

Don’t miss out on the latest and greatest vintage stuff!

Sign up for our free weekly newsletter here.