Dimensions of the Statue of Liberty


Dimensions of the Statue of Liberty


The statue measures 46.05m high. It's 46.94 on a pedestal, making a total height of 92.99m. At one centimeter had completeness ... In rounding the dimension it has approximately the same size for the base and the statue. It was a desire to Morris Hunt, architect of the base, not to the largest that the statue itself. In fact he had originally designed a bombastic base, too, he alone was a work of art and finally eclipsed the statue. The choice that was made was finally simpler, more consistent with the statue. Other dimensions are perhaps more explicit: the tablet is 7m19 up, right arm outstretched to the sky, makes 12m80. The face measuring 3m05 and nothing but her biggest nail measuring 65cm!

For fun, if we report the size of her feet to the size of the shoes in the United States, Miss Liberty chausserait of 879.

Below a picture of the dimensions of the statue, in every sense.

The statue

Height from floor to the top of the torch

92.99 m (305 feet)

Height of the statue

46.05 m (151 feet)

Height of the Pedestal

46.94 m (154 feet)

Height from the feet at the top of the head

33.86 m (111 feet)

Height from the top of the head at the top of the torch

12.19m m (40 feet)

Length of right arm

12.80 m (42 feet)

The head

Head height

5.26 m (17 feet)

Head width

3.05 m (10 feet)

Inter-orbital space

0.76 m (2.5 feet)

Width of an eye

0.65 m (2.1 feet)

Nose length

1.37 m (4.6 feet)

Larger radius of the crown

3.50 m (75 Kg, 9 feet)

Width of the mouth

0.91 m (3 feet)

The hands


0.33 m x 0.65 m (1 x 2.1 feet)

Length of the index

2.44 m (8 feet)

Circumference of the index (in the 2nd phalanx)

1.44 m (4.3 feet)

Hand length

5.00 m (16 feet)

Length tablet

7.19 m (23.5 feet)

Width of the tablet

4.14 m (13.5 feet)

Thickness of tablet

0.61 m (2 feet)

Others dimensions

Width size

10.70 m (35 feet)

Length of a foot

7.65 m (25 feet)


When we look at the Statue of Liberty from afar, one is inevitably impressed by its size, but you can still hide behind the argument of saying that it is an optical effect. when one is at her feet, then there is no possibility to say it is not that big: She's really great, this statue. If everyone is impressed at a different time, for me, it was when her approach on the boat. Maybe it was because we are near sea level that you feel it raises even higher than when seen from Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan. Others will realize its height when in the museum and the glass ceiling show them below the statue. The vision of the staircase that seems to get lost in the metal structure is reminiscent of a giant spider's web. Some will be impressed when the feet of the statue, along the wall of the fort Bedloe. From here, the prospect realize the smallest statue than it actually is, but it is a feeling that the human brain knows to be false. Finally, for some, the mere sight of the far statue is enough to know that she's really great. In statuary, we speak of colossal statues of monumental statues, indicating a large statue. This notion is purely theoretical, it has not been standardized internationally. Some would say that it starts to 10m in height. Why not, it's an acceptable limit. Thus the statue of St Charles Borromée, to Arrona (Italy) is not one, despite its very large size. The Corcovado, Brazil can be considered a monumental statue. You have a table of the main monumental statues in the world.

Why did you create such an imposing statue?

The reasons for the gigantism are in the context of the time. At the end of the nineteenth century the European states engaged in a trade war without thank you to ensure the hegemony of the country on the world. Each country has its moment of glory, France losing some of its power in the 1870s, during the war against Prussia. But economic power is not decreed: It is proved with practical achievements. The expertise of a country shows itself through the arts, politics, but especially with the technology. Good thing the late nineteenth century saw the proliferation of new techniques in the industry. The creation of a monumental statue of more than 40m high, was at that time a major challenge, both for the ability to conceive than to achieve it. In addition to the envelope of design constraints of the statue there are constraints of load and wind resistance, which was not all that easy to resolve. Some of the calculations are also playable on this site on this page. The outstretched arm was also quite a challenge, because there is no support below so that it fits from the ground. All this means that the statue is in itself a representation of French Engineering, Engineering within the meaning of public works. The building is a boon for France, it allows him to show the whole world its expertise.

In reality, no matter the size of France at that time, because the statue of the designers had only one reason for its construction: To shade the repressive regime of Napoleon III in the land of glorifying him Liberties providing the greatest possible statue glory. This is the reason for the gigantism: Making the most noise as possible around this statue.

In practice the statue must have had a maximum size, technologies not to make extremely large statues. Besides, who would want a statue 100m high? (The Chinese, who have made a more than 100m ... see below) therefore had to agree to limit its size to a few things workable. 43m was chosen height. In fact, it's an enlargement of four of a statue a statue of this size. It must mean that the statue used model (which was already an enlargement of a smaller statue) saw its dimensions projected to the ground and multiplied by four to a set of high 46m. A small reverse calculation shows that the statue model was used 11m50 high.


The weight of the Statue of Liberty is quite impressive too. This is of course the sum of the weight of the internal structure wrought iron (130 tons) and copper shell (88 tonnes). All therefore weighs approximately 220 tons, it is no longer close to 2 tons. As for the pedestal, it weighs too ... to find out. In fact it is composed of a huge concrete slab sinking into the soil taken in Fort Wood, and is composed mainly of granitic rocks. Suffice to say that its weight is much higher than that of a statue itself, which would appear very light in comparison. Note that for the envelope, it is not only the copper plates which are heavy, it is also the rivets, which individually are not heavy but the astronomical amount that there is the statue Increases weight considerably.

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