Thursday, August 2, 2012

August 2

August 2 is the birthdate of Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, French sculptor and designer of the Statue of Liberty. While traveling in the Middle East in 1855-56, he discovered his passion for large-scale public monuments and colossal sculptures when he visited the Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. In 1865, he began supporting Edouard de Laboulaye’s proposal to present a monument representing freedom and democracy to the United States, and in 1870 began designing "Liberty Enlightening the World." Bartholdi oversaw the complete assembly of the statue (made from sheets of copper) in 1886.

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