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Various parts of the statue were on display throughout Paris as each was completed. Miss Liberty's head was exhibited in the gardens at the Tracadéro, and her torch was on display as well. On July 4, 1884, the completed statue was presented to the American minister in an impressive ceremony.
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The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886 when Pres. Grover Cleveland formally accepted the French gift. He pronounced: "We will not forget that Liberty has here made her home; nor shall her chosen altar be neglected."
This is the 1883 sonnet by poet Emma Lazarus that is inscribed on a bronze plaque on the statue's pedestal, mounted there in 1903.
"The New Colossus"
|Let freedom ring throughout the land!|
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Measurements and statistics
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Ground to tip of torch: 305'1″
Heel to top of head: 111'1″
Length of hand: 16'5″
Index finger: 8'0″
Head from chin to cranium: 17'3″
Head thickness from ear to ear: 10'0″
Distance across the eye: 2'6″
Length of nose: 4'6″
Length of right arm: 42'0″
Thickness of right arm: 12'0″
Thickness of waist: 35'0″
Width of mouth: 3'0″
Length of tablet: 23'7″
Width of tablet: 13'7″
Thickness of tablet: 2'0″
Height of pedestal: 154'0″
The weight of copper in the statue is 62,000 pounds (31 tons) and the weight of steel is 250,000 pounds (125 tons).
Total weight of the statue's concrete foundation is 54 million pounds (27,000 tons).
The copper sheeting is 3/32 of an inch (2.37 mm) thick.
Wind sway: winds of 50 miles per hour cause the statue to sway 3 inches (7.62 cm), and the torch sways 5 inches (12.70 cm).