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'Statue of Liberty' by John Elwell
John Elwell, (English, b. 1942)
An extraordinary and unique hand-built sculptural aluminium model of ‘The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World’, the iconic New York monument. In this, only the second architectural model that John has created, Liberty stands on a stylized pedestal in hand-formed, riveted aluminium with lacquered veneers, with door and window details. The figure itself, with cast aluminium face, illuminated crown and gilded-finish torch with pierced balcony, took over a 1,000 hours to construct and will never be repeated.
Bearing a hand-engraved plaque ‘Liberty’ by John Elwell, 1/1, 2017.
Height: 81 inches (206 cm)
Plinth: 28 inches (71 cm) square.
The Statue of Liberty was made in Paris by the French sculptor Frederic Bartholdi, in collaboration with engineer Gustave Eiffel, and was gifted to the United States by France on the centenary of American independence. Inaugurated in 1886, the sculpture stands at the entrance to New York harbour and has welcomed millions of immigrants to the United States ever since.