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Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Downtown Manhatten
Saturday, July 24, 1999
I drove down to Jersey City, New Jersey today to visit
the Statue of Liberty. It was pretty crowded,
darn hot, and smoggy as usual, but wow-- what an object!
There's only one way to describe the Statue:
"friggin' huge." The granite pedastal she stands
on is 10 stories high, and she extends 12 stories
The French invented the metalworking technique of
"repousse" (working a thin piece of metal against
a bowl of pitch or wooden form). Liberty's outer
hull is a repousse'd copper sheet held in place by
form-fitting iron supports. Most of the interior
(except for the central staircase and girder) is
very open-- you can look straight up from inside
her toes all the way to her neck.
Sadly, I wasn't allowed to climb the stairs to the
crown (only to the very top of the supporting pedestal).
All images taken by Orion Lawlor
and placed completely in the public domain.
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