Statue of Liberty’s sister departs for the United States


Paris — A reduced replica of the Statue of Liberty began on Monday with a trip from France to the United States behind a flatbed truck. Over New York Harbor.

A 2.83 meter (9.3 ft) high replica has been lent to the United States for 10 years by a museum in Paris to strengthen the friendship between France and the United States.

On Monday, craftsmen used a crane to gently lift the statue from a pedestal in Paris. They placed it behind a truck, covered it with plastic film for protection, and sandwiched it with foam blocks.

Statue of Liberty replica
A 2.83 meter (9.3 ft) original replica of the Statue of Liberty, lifted by a crane from outside the museum in Paris, France, June 7, 2021. (Noemie Olive / Reuters)

Upon arrival in the United States, it will be exhibited in Washington.

“The friendship between France and the United States will be engraved under the sign of freedom,” said Olivier Fallon, general manager of the National Crafts Museum, the agency that oversees the museum. “Our hope is to open a new era in the relationship between France and the United States.”

The Greater Statue of Liberty was presented by France to the United States and was completed and assembled in 1886.

The smaller replica was designed by Frederick Auguste Bartholdi in 1878. He is the same sculptor who now produced a larger version in New York with the help of engineer Gustave Eiffel.

Noemi Olive

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