Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Four for the Fourth: Rosa Moeleneaux

Round two of this series as friend, model and sister photographer, Rosa Moeleneaux, rocks the Lady Liberty look!

Rosa Moeleneaux

The Statue of Liberty was once called Liberty Enlightening the World.

The statue’s feet is surrounded with broken shackles, which is unseen by many from the ground due to the pedestal’s height. It symbolizes Lady Liberty’s freedom from oppression and control.

It took about 30 years for the Statue of Liberty to change from copper brown to the greenish-blue hue it is today. Despite harsh weather conditions at Liberty Island, the copper that protects the statue has only weathered 0.005 of an inch.

Between 1886 and 1902, the statue functioned as a lighthouse, the first in US to be powered by electricity. The statue’s torch could be seen approximately 24 miles out at sea.

The torch the Lady Liberty holds now is not the original torch. The original one was removed due to water leakage and it is now on display in the monument’s museum. The statue was modeled after Charlotte Bartholdi, the sculptor’s mother.

300 different types of hammers shaped the 62,000 pounds (28,100 kg) of copper that was used in the construction of the statue.


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