For over a century, the Statue of Liberty was the first thing immigrants saw when they arrived in the land of opportunity. It symbolized hope and the dream of a better life—but it has always been incomplete. Today, however, it’s incomplete no longer: After more than 130 years, France has finally sent America the Statue of Liberty’s husband.
So. Much. Yes. Lady Liberty is alone no more!
While France had originally planned to build both statues back in 1875, budget issues left only enough money for one. But last year, the French government dug up the plans and finally constructed the accompanying statue. Now, Liberty Husband is finally reunited with his wife, Lady Liberty, in America, and we couldn’t be more pumped!
The beautiful neoclassical husband is made entirely of copper and steel, and has many intricate details. His flowing robes and well-kept beard hark back to the days of ancient Athens, the birthplace of democracy. The spear in his right hand symbolizes his readiness to protect freedom, and his beautiful wife, from any threat. The new statue is 10 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty!
For too long, the Manhattan harbor has looked a little lonely with only Lady Liberty keeping watch. Now, New Yorkers and tourists alike can bask in the beautiful image of the wedded guardians standing tall and vigilant, tender and loving.
So thank you, France, for finally making good on your promise! We love our new statue, and we are thrilled that Lady Liberty finally has her man back in her life.