Jersey City in Hudson County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Why is the Statue Green?
The answer is in the air.
The Statue’s skin is made of copper, and when copper is exposed to oxygen in the air, it undergoes a chemical reaction called oxidation. The reaction causes a fine crust or film to develop that is usually green in color. This layer protects the original metal underneath. In copper and bronze, this natural protective process is called Patination. It took nearly thirty years for the Statue to turn from her original copper color to the green you see today. The palination process can also be observed on buildings where copper or bronze are used for roofing and ornamentation such as the ferry dock on Liberty Island and on the roof and domes of the Immigration Station at Ellis Island.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 40° 41.342′ N, 74° 2.736′ W. Marker is in Jersey City, New Jersey, in Hudson County. Marker is located on the southwest end of Liberty Island, near the ferry docks. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jersey City NJ 07304, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Pedestal (a few steps from this marker); Copper for the Statue of Liberty (within shouting distance of this marker); Building the Statue of Liberty (within shouting distance of this marker); The New Colossus (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line in New York); Cornerstone of the Statue of Liberty Pedestal (about 300 feet away in New York); Bartholdi (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named The New Colossus (about 300 feet away); New York Sculptures (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jersey City.
More about this marker. A photo of the Statue of Liberty at the right side of the marker has a caption of “The palination begins, Statue of Liberty, ca. 1900. Photo courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration, Northeast Region (New York City).”
Three other photographs depict buildings that use copper or bronze in their roofing. These include the “Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, One Bowling Green, Manhattan. Built 1900 – 1907. Cass – Gilbert, Architect.”; “Manhattan Company Building, 40 Wall Street, Manhattan. Built 1929 – 1930. H. Craig Severance, Architect.”; “U.S. Reality Building, 115 Broadway, Manhattan. Built 1907. Francis Hatch Kimball, Arch.”; and “Woolworth Building, 233 Broadway, Manhattan. Built 1911 – 1913. Cass – Gilbert, Architect.”
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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 370 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 7, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.