The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, in the United States.
It was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor and was built by Gustave Eiffel on October 28, 1886. The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the United States from the people of France. It had cost too much, so a Franco-American Union was created to raise funds.The statue was constructed in France, shipped overseas in crates, and assembled on the completed pedestal on what was then called Bedloe's Island.
The statue is by a copper shell 2.4 mm thick and supported by an iron plate. The copper statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 and a broken chain lies at her feet.
The Statue of Liberty has become one of the most important monuments of the city of New York, and also can be considered one of the symbols of the United States and represents freedom from oppression.
Since its opening in 1886, the statue is the first sight that travelers have come to New York by sea.