Shocking, right? The Statue of Liberty was created by Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi and stands proudly on Liberty Island off the coast of New York City, but did you know there are replicas of Lady Liberty all over the world? If you’ve ever visited Las Vegas before, perhaps you’ve seen a replica of the Statue of Liberty at the New York New York Hotel. In Tokyo? There’s one at Odaiba Marine Park. In Paris? There’s one in the middle of the Seine River on a small island called the Île aux Cygnes, one in the Luxembourg Gardens, another in the garden of the National Museum of Arts and Crafts (CNAM), and others elsewhere. Now, France is letting the United States borrow the CNAM replica of the Statue of Liberty. From July 1st through July 5th, New Yorkers (and those visiting New York) will have a chance to see two Statues of Liberty, one on Liberty Island and the smaller replica, named “Little Sister,” on Ellis Island. Wondering why France is shipping a nearly 1,000 lb statue overseas to be displayed for five days? It’s to show the United States that France values its friendship! Aw—isn’t that sweet?
June 25, 2021