Jersey City in Hudson County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Building the Statue of Liberty
The French sculptor, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi designed the Statue of Liberty as a giant three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle. Over 300 thin sheets of copper, most of it from a copper mine in Karmoy, Norway, fit together to form the Statue’s outer skin. Each copper sheet is 3/32 of an inch thick, about the thickness of two coins. The sheets were shaped in France using the ancient repoussé method in which the metal is hammered and shaped within large wooden and plaster molds. The finished pieces were then shipped to the United States where they were assembled and supported on an ingenious iron framework of armature bars and girders designed by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 40° 41.318′ N, 74° 2.69′ W. Marker is in Jersey City, New Jersey, in Hudson County. Touch for map. Marker is located on the south end of Liberty Island. Marker is in this post office area: Jersey City NJ 07304, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Liberty’s Symbols (within shouting distance of this marker); The Pedestal (within shouting distance of this marker); Cornerstone of the Statue of Liberty Pedestal The New Colossus (within shouting distance of this marker in New York); Copper for the Statue of Liberty (within shouting distance of this marker); Why is the Statue Green? (within shouting distance of this marker); Edouard Rene De Laboulaye (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frederic Auguste Bartholdi (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jersey City.
More about this marker. Portraits of Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi and Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel appear at the bottom of the marker. Also on the marker is a picture depicting the “Construction of the Statue of Liberty, from a sketch in ‘Leslie’s Weekly,’ early 1886.” Another picture of a cross-section of the Statue shows “The interior framework designed by Eiffel.”
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 7, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 463 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 7, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.