The statue of Liberty is a majestic copper sculpture that towers above Liberty Island at the entrance to New York Harbor in Upper New York Bay. This famous figure of a robed woman holding a torch is one of the largest statues ever built.
The people of France gave the Statue of Liberty to the people of the United States in 1884. This gift was an expression of friendship and of the ideal of liberty shared by both peoples. French citizens donated the money to build the statue, and people in the United States raised the funds to construct the foundation and the base. The French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi designed the statue and chose its site.
The Statue of Liberty is a monumental feat of sculpture, engineering, and architecture. It attracts visitors from all over the world. The Statue of Liberty and a former immigration station at Ellis Island make up the Statue of Liberty National Monument, which is administered by the National Park Service.