The Statue of Liberty was recently featured in the Smithsonian, and with good reason. The sculpture is a work of art that has been a part of the American landscape since the time of the founding fathers. It wasn’t until President George Washington’s administration in the early 19th century that the statue was made, and even then, it wasn’t finished until after his death in 1789. The marble was quarried and transported to the statue from Alexandria, Virginia.
I say its a bit of a stretch to call this a statue, but the statue is really a sculpture of a coin. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, as mentioned above, the statue is a work of art. A statue is more than just a piece of marble in a collection. A statue is a work of art. This is one of the best examples of a statue, IMHO, that I have seen.
The coin itself is quite simple. It’s a 5.5 ct. silver dollar with the portrait of Thomas Jefferson. The coin is worth $1.25 and is believed to be one of the last coins ever made. A coin is made of sheet metal on a mold and then rolled into the shape of the coin. The sheet metal is made from copper and the copper is then worked with the mold to create the final coin.
A statue, by definition, is a piece of art. A piece of art is a work of art. And a piece of art isn’t just any old piece of metal. It’s often a unique, or original, piece of metal that is created by artisans. The best example of a statue, IMHO, is the great statue of Liberty in Liberty’s Tomb in Washington DC.
I love that statue. In case you don’t know, it is an American statue that is the symbol of freedom and independence. As you may expect, the “coin” is made of copper. The copper is rolled into the shape of the coin, which is then cast into the shape of the statue. The finished statue is a thing of beauty and a thing of pride.
It is a wonderful sculpture, but it is also very unique and quite rare. If you want to see a real example of a piece of metal, look no further than the Statue of Liberty. You can see the one in Libertys Tomb on the National Mall in Washington DC.