Happy Independence Day to the USofA!🗽🇺🇲️❤️🇫🇷
Bonne Fête Nationale aux États-Unis d’Amérique!🗽🇺🇲️ reminder:”Le patriotisme, c’est aimer son pays. Le nationalisme, c’est détester celui des autres.”(Général Charles de Gaulle)
Lady Liberty aka “The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” has been a generous, friendly gift from France to the American people; it’s meant to be the universal symbol of freedom and democracy. It was designed by the French sculptor Auguste Bartholdi, dedicated on October 28, 1886 and designated as a National Monument in 1924. The statue’s portrait was said to be modeled after the sculptor’s maman. This colossal work was influenced by the Greek and Roman civilizations, fully built in Paris and presented by the French-American Union to the US Ambassador in 1884; in 1886, Bartholdi supervised the statue’s assembly in NYC and participated in its inauguration.
At the ceremony, he was offered the key of the city and later, he climbed the Statue to release the tricolor French flag that veiled Liberty’s face. The prominent French architect-engineer, Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, was the 2nd designer of the internal structural elements of the Statue of Liberty; in his early works, Eiffel used to design railway bridges, thus he relied on sophisticated mathematical designs, renowned for their lightness, grace, and strength. Once his plans approved, he was in charge with the Statue’s internal construction until its completion by the end of 1883. A few years later, Eiffel began his most famous project: the Eiffel Tower which was completed for World’s Fair of Paris in 1889 and has become THE landmark of Paris. more @ https://myvirtualplayground.wordpress.com/2015/07/04/happy-independence-day-usofamerica/