Seven: The number of spikes on the crown of the Statue of Liberty. These seven spikes represent the seven oceans and the seven continents of the world, indicating the universal concept of liberty.
Lighthouse: U.S. President, Grover Cleveland, ordered that the statue serve as a beacon. After several failed attempts using the then-new electrical technology, the electric arc lights were eventually lit and were able to be seen from a distance of 24-miles away. The statue functioned as a lighthouse for the next 16 years, until March 1, 1902.
3: The number of times the flame has been changed. Bartholdi’s original design of the flame was for it to be constructed of copper and clad in gold. Hoping to make it more of a navigational beacon, it was first changed so that portholes could be added and it could appear to be lit from within. This idea failed, and Gutzon Borglum (who later designed Mount Rushmore), made the second change by adding glass panels and copper framing. Unfortunately, this design leaked terribly and caused further deterioration within the statue. Finally, as part of the 1986 restoration project, Bartholdi’s original flame design was recreated and installed and is visible today.
Egypt: The original recipient of the Statue of Liberty. The sculptor, Bartholdi, fell in love with the Middle East in 1855. He returned to Egypt in 1869 with the blueprint of a giant statue of a woman that would double as a lighthouse at the entrance of the Suez Canal. But at the time, Egypt wasn’t reaping any of the monetary benefits of the canal, and Bartholdi realized he could never put his statue in Egypt because they didn’t have the financial means. After this revelation, he traveled to New York and, as the ship entered the harbor, Bartholdi spotted the deserted, oval island of Bedloe. It was perfect for his statue, and between the French and the Americans, they were able to pay for the statue.
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