135 years after “Liberty Enlightening the World” was unveiled on Liberty Island, the nine-foot-tall bronze statue joins her for Independence Day weekend, before heading to her new home in Washington, DC.
This smaller version of the world-famous symbol of freedom and hope was crafted from the original 1878 plaster model by Statue of Liberty sculptor Auguste Bartholdi.
The statue was a gift from the people of France to the people of the USA.
Money for the pedestal was raised by NYC newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, an immigrant from Hungary who fled anti-Semitism at home, and who also founded the Pulitzer Prize, the annual awards for the best in journalism.
Crafted by French foundry via the lost-wax method, this more diminutive version has been on display for a decade at the entrance of Paris’s Musée des Arts et Métiers, welcoming guests and making a statement both about freedom and liberty and the ongoing friendship between the USA and France.
Little Sister is bronze. The Statue of Liberty is copper, so her original bronze-like color has oxidized over the years into her famous shade of green.
After being displayed on Ellis Island on Independence Day, joining its full-scale big sister, Little Sister will be installed outside the French Ambassador’s Residence in Washington, DC, on Bastille Day, Wed., July 14.
Little Sister weighs 1,000 pounds, so moving her from Paris to NYC to DC is no easy feat.
A consortium of art and shipping experts were involved, along with the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation and the National Park Service.
“The arrival of the new Lady Liberty will celebrate the most central value of the French-American partnership: freedom. The technological, artistic, and logistical challenges that had to be overcome to bring this new statue to America tell a modern tale of successful international cooperation,” according to a joint press release from the Paris Museum, the French Embassy in the US and the shipping company, CMA CGM Group.
Find out more about “Little Sister” and the friendship between France and the United States, visit https://franceintheus.org/ViveLaLiberty