The Statue of Liberty | By Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi – Pont de Grenelle

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Smaller-scale copies of the Statue of Liberty exist in Paris.

One of them can be found at the downstream extremity of the Île aux Cygnes, at the Pont de Grenelle bridge in the 15th district. (It was inaugurated in 1885, one year earlier than the one in New York); the other can be found in the Luxembourg Gardens.
Auguste Bartholdi (1834- 1904), architect and sculptor. His “Statue of Liberty”, on an iron framework by Gustave Eiffel, was given by the French state to the United States and dominates the port of New York. Begun in around 1875 in his workshops on rue Vavin in Paris, it was inaugurated in New York, in the presence of the sculptor, on October 20 1886. That same year Auguste Bartholdi was elevated to the rank of Commander of the Legion of Honour*. His many works have been dispersed : to the United States, to Switzerland, as well as to many French towns and cities, including his birthplace Colmar.
* : The Legion of Honour (Légion d’honneur) is the highest decoration of the French Republic. It is given in recognition of the merits of citizens, outside of any social or hereditary consideration, in any field of activity.


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