Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Statute of Liberty Was Patented

The Statute of Liberty, designed and crafted by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi of Paris, was patented in the U.S. on February 18, 1879. The patent applied for pertained to the design of the statute, bearing the title Liberty Enlightening The World.

Bartholdi used the patent to assist in fund raising efforts for the statute, selling six inch replicas for $1.00.

Bartholdi (1834-1904)

Bartholdi created many other pieces of public art that are still on display in the U.S., including the Bartholdi Fountain in Washington, DC, the Marquis de Lafayette statute in Union Square, New York City, and icons on the Brattle Square Church tower in Back Bay, Boston.

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