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   xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jul 3 11:43 PM

July 4, 2009: Lady Liberty's Left Foot

You've all seen pictures of the Statue of Liberty, many of you have seen her in person, and I'm sure some of you have sailed out to the island and climbed up that damned spiral staircase, as I have. One step and wait... one step and wait... nose pressed into someones back... hotter than hell in summer... noisy year round... perched on those little wedge shaped steps... just to peak out those little windows in the crown, at NYC skyline and the harbor.

Worth every minute of it!!! Oh how I wanted to climb the ladder to the torch.
But there's something you didn't see...

Quote:
Invisible to tourists, the Statue of Liberty's 25-foot-long (7.6-meter-long) left foot, pictured in 1984, brushes against a little-known detail that nevertheless loomed large in sculptor Frederic Bartholdi's design.
Broken chains beneath the statue's toga symbolize freedom from oppression in general and the United States' abolition of slavery—just 20 years prior to the statue's dedication—in particular.


Check out the National Geographic pictures of the refurbished statue at;
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...res/index.html


And for our Brit visitors now touring the US, diminished & persistence, fireworks.



Alluvial  Friday Jul 3 11:47 PM

I have a whole book written about Gustav Eiffel, the man who designed Liberty's "skeleton". Does that count?

Bartholdi couldn't even make his scale model stand up. He engaged Eiffel (known for his tower) to design an interior frame to hold the statue up.



diminished  Friday Jul 3 11:53 PM

Cheers Bruce...National Holidays where alcohol and explosives may be combined!This truly is a Great Country

We're considering joining the festivities...Down with the British!



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jul 3 11:54 PM

Only if it told you about the chains, Alluvial.



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jul 3 11:58 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by diminished View Post
Cheers Bruce...National Holidays where alcohol and explosives may be combined!This truly is a Great Country

We're considering joining the festivities...Down with the British!
I just learned that the 4th of July is the day the USA consumes the largest amount of beer.... and that's just beer. heh heh heh.


capnhowdy  Saturday Jul 4 09:20 AM

July 5th is National Prosthetics Day.

J/K



birdclaw  Saturday Jul 4 12:12 PM

Looks like the left foot of freedom got a pedicure.



chrisinhouston  Sunday Jul 5 01:16 PM

Yes and if the current crop of right wing fanatics had their way we would remove the torch and replace it with a sign saying "No Immigrants Aloud, GO HOME!"



capnhowdy  Sunday Jul 5 01:25 PM

They finally reopened the crown after eight years.



ZenGum  Sunday Jul 5 09:43 PM

Can anyone tell me, what do you see if you look up her robes? Is she anatomically correct or politically correct? Or, being the Statue of Liberty, did they give her a Free Willy?


Quote:
Originally Posted by chrisinhouston View Post
Yes and if the current crop of right wing fanatics had their way we would remove the torch and replace it with a sign saying "No Immigrants Aloud, GO HOME!"
Is quiet immigration okay?


xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Jul 5 10:13 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by chrisinhouston View Post
Yes and if the current crop of right wing fanatics had their way we would remove the torch and replace it with a sign saying "No Immigrants Aloud, GO HOME!"
No, they'd say get in line like all the other people did for 200 years.


Tawny  Monday Jul 6 02:21 PM

What's with that grotesque little pinky?

Lady Liberty is as deformed as Rebecca Romijn.



capnhowdy  Monday Jul 6 05:01 PM

Maybe it's indicative of all the people she welcomed that stepped on our toes.



lawman  Monday Jul 6 06:01 PM

I haven't made it to see this myself yet, however friends have and one thing they've mentioned to me is that on none of the plaques or signs does it mention that it was a gift of the French..... curious...



Sheldonrs  Monday Jul 6 06:27 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by lawman View Post
I haven't made it to see this myself yet, however friends have and one thing they've mentioned to me is that on none of the plaques or signs does it mention that it was a gift of the French..... curious...
I figured the arm pit hair and lack of deodorant made it clear.


capnhowdy  Monday Jul 6 09:39 PM

The original "French Kiss".



TheMercenary  Wednesday Jul 8 09:35 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
No, they'd say get in line like all the other people did for 200 years.
Now it says, "Door open and unlocked. No one home. Help yourself."


Sundae  Wednesday Jul 8 11:47 AM

We went to see her on a freezing cold winter's day.
We thought it was as out of season as you could get.
Silly us - we were in New York for Christmas

My mild claustrophobia meant I couldn't bear to queue one step at a time...
(Turns out it was a relationship problem - I've managed to deal with other such situations) so I didn't "go up her".

But I was impressed and moved. And yes, I knew she was originally French, and admired her all the more for it - wasn't that part of the point - an American icon forged overseas and empowered by a new set of beliefs?

FTR I have never known a French lady with armpit hair (that I've seen) and certainly not body odour. They're all been like female hairdressers/ doctors and exuded a fragrance that suggested they are genetically imbued with scent.

Merc? Why do you hate... etc etc etc.
Ask Monnie about the open door.



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