The Statue of Liberty created in 1886 by Bartholdi and presented as a gift from France to the United States is now one of the most popular images in the world. Hundreds of smaller replicas of the Statue of Liberty have been created worldwide.
Paris. One Statue of Liberty stands in the Jardin du Luxembourg: an information panel on the pedestal claims that it is a bronze model used by Bartholdi as part of the preparatory work for the New York statue; the artist offered it to the Luxembourg museum in 1900 and it was placed in the park in 1906. The date written on this statue’s tablet (where the New York statue has “JULY IV MDCCLXXVI”) is “15 de novembre 1889” (November 15, 1889), the date at which the larger Parisian replica was inaugurated.
This second Statue of Liberty in Paris is near the Grenelle Bridge on the Île des Cygnes, a man-made island in the river Seine, 11.50 m (37 feet 9 inches) high. Inaugurated on July 4, 1889, it looks southwest, downriver along the Seine. Its tablet bears two dates: “IV JUILLET 1776” (July 4, 1776: the United States Declaration of Independence) like the New York statue, and “XIV JUILLET 1789” (July 14, 1789: the storming of the Bastille). This statue is shown in the movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets as one of the historic locations.
A life-size copy of the torch, Flame of Liberty, can be seen above the entrance to the Pont de l’Alma tunnel near the Champs Elysees in Paris. It was given to the city as a return gift in honor of the Centennial Celebration of the statue’s dedication. Since it is above the Pont de l’Alma car tunnel in which Princess Diana died, the torch became an unofficial memorial to the Princess.
Another replica is the Bordeaux Statue of Liberty. This 2.5 m (8 ft) statue is in the city of Bordeaux in Southwest France. The first Bordeaux statue was seized and melted down by the Nazis in World War II. The statue was replaced in 2000 and a plaque was added to commemorate the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. On the night of March 25, 2003, unknown vandals poured red paint and gasoline on the replica and set it on fire. The vandals also cracked the pedestal of the plaque. The mayor of Bordeaux, former prime minister Alain Juppé, condemned the attack.
There is a replica in the northwest of France, in the small town of Barentin near Rouen. It was made for a French movie, Le Cerveau (“the brain”), directed by Gérard Oury and featuring actors Jean-Paul Belmondo and Bourvil.
A 12 m (39 ft 4 in) replica of the Statue of Liberty in Colmar, the city of Bartholdi’s birth, was dedicated on July 4, 2004 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death. It stands at the north entrance of the city. The Bartholdi Museum in Colmar contains numerous models of various sizes made by Bartholdi during the process of designing the statue.
There is a replica in Poitiers, one of French town with the biggest student population, that was inaugurated in 1903.
France, Lunel Statue of Liberty
A modest replica of the Statue of Liberty is situated near Hotel Europe in city Nevers in the middle of France.
In Minimundus, a miniature park located at the Wörthersee in Carinthia, Austria is another replica of the Statue of Liberty.
A 35 m (115 ft) copy is in the German Heidepark Soltau theme park, located on a lake with cruising Mississippi steamboats. It weighs 28 metric tons (31 short tons), is made of plastic foam on a steel frame with polyester cladding, and was designed by the Dutch artist Gerla Spee.
A replica stands atop the Hotel Victory in Pristina, Kosovo.
A smaller replica is in the Norwegian village of Visnes, where the copper used in the original statue was mined.
In 1897 a 123 cm (4 ft 0 in) replica in iron and bronze was erected in Cenicero, Spain, to honor local fighters during the First Carlist War.
There is one unique “sitting” Statue of Liberty in Ukrainian city of Lviv. It is a sculpture on a dome of the house (15, Freedom Avenue) built by architect Yuriy Zakharevych and decorated by sculptor Leandro Marconi in 1874—1891.
A 17-foot, 3.4 ton replica stood atop the Liberty Shoe factory in Leicester, England until 2003 when the building was demolished, the statue was put into storage while the building was replaced. The statue, which dates back to the 1920s, was initially going to be put back on the replacement building, but was too heavy, so in December 2008 following restoration it been placed upon a pedestal near Liberty Park Halls of Residence on a traffic island close to where it originally stood.
There is also a small replica located at RAF Lakenheath, England, at the base flag plaza, made from leftover copper from original.
For the numerous replicas of the Statue of Liberty in the USA check our previous post ” The Statue of Liberty and its Replicas in the USA”.
In Campeche, Mexico there is a small replica in a small town named Palizada.
In Buenos Aires, Argentina there is a small replica in Barrancas De Belgrano Square, acquired by Argentina to France.
A small scale cast metal replica can be found in Maceió, the capital of the State of Alagoas, in the north-east of Brazil. The replica is located in front of a building constructed in 1869 as the seat of the Conselho Provincial (Provincial Council), and which today is the Museu da Imagem e do Som de Alagoas (Museum of Image and Sound of Alagoas). This replica is very possibly a casting produced by the Val D’Osne Foundry in France, as in the Praça Lavenere Machado (formerly Praça Dois Leões) on the opposite side of the museum there are four somewhat larger than life size cast metal statues of wild animals, at least one of which is embossed with the name of the foundry. These castings and the replica all appear to be made of similar material and to be of similar age. It is also very probable that they are near contemporaries of the actual Statue of Liberty.
A large modern replica of the Statue of Liberty stands in front of the New York City Center, a shopping center constructed in 1999 in Barra da Tijuca in the State of Rio de Janeiro.
Brazil. There is another large modern replica of the Statue of Liberty in the parking area of a Havan Department Store on the outskirts of Curitiba, in the State of Paraná, opened in 2000.
In Guayaquil, Ecuador a little replica gives the name of “New York” to a neighborhood in the Valle Alto Area. The Statue of Liberty, a landmark in Guayaquil, stands in the Parque del Centenario.
In Lima, Peru the New York casino in the Jesus Maria District has a small replica in the main entrance. The whole casino is a tribute to the state of New York and the USA.
Guangzhou Statue of Liberty is set on top of the memorial tomb of “72 Martyrs of Huanghuagang”. Current one was re-built in 1981.
During the Tiananmen Square protest of 1989, Chinese student demonstrators in Beijing built a 10 m (33 ft) image called the Goddess of Democracy, which sculptor Tsao Tsing-yuan said was intentionally dissimilar to the Statue of Liberty to avoid being “too openly pro-American.”
A 15 feet high replica of the statue of liberty is seen in the western entrance to the village of Arraba in Israel, near a local restaurant.
The French Statue of Liberty came to Odaiba, the beach area of Tokyo since April 1998 until May 1999 in commemoration of “The French year in Japan”. Because of its popularity, in 2000, a replica of the French Statue of Liberty was erected at the same place.
Also in Japan, a small Statue of Liberty is in the Amerika-mura (American Village) shopping district in Osaka, Japan.
Another replica is located near the town of Shimoda south of Misawa, Japan where the United States has a U.S. Air Force base with 8,000 military members. This replica is located on the same latitude as the original statue in New York.
Camp John Hay, a former US base in the Baguio City (Philippines), also has a small replica of the statue near the amphitheater.
Taiwan, the Statue of Liberty in Keelung.
Taiwan, the Statue of Liberty in Taipei.
Vietnam. From 1887 to 1945, Hanoi was home to another copy of the Statue of Liberty. Measuring 2.85 m (9 ft 4 in) tall, it was erected by the French colonial government after being sent from France for an exhibition. It was known to locals unaware of its history as T??ng Bà ??m xòe (Statue of the madame saux). When the French lost control of French Indochina during World War II, the statue was toppled on August 1, 1945 after being deemed a vestige of the colonial government along with other statues erected by the French.
A 30-foot replica can also be seen at the Westfield Marion shopping complex in Adelaide, South Australia.