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Liberté éclairant—Cultural Architecture

Liberté éclairant—Cultural Architecture
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Copyright: Michael Porterfield (mporterf) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 69 W: 93 N: 141] (1022)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-30
Categories: Architecture, Artwork, Portrait
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Trip to France
Theme(s): Friday Theme for 2009/05/01 Cultural Architecture [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-01 6:54
Viewed: 3449
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Île des Cygnes' most notable feature is a small-scale replica of the Statue of Liberty, which is 22 meters high and faces west in the direction of its larger sibling in New York City. This statue, which was inaugurated at its site on 15 November 1889 (three years after its counterpart), was given by the French community living in the United States to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution. It initially faced east, toward the Eiffel Tower, but it was turned west in 1937, for the exposition universelle hosted by Paris that year. Its base carries a commemorative plate, and the booklet it holds in its left hand carries the inscription IV Juillet 1776 = XIV Juillet 1789, recognizing the American Independence Day and Bastille Day, respectively. Another statue is sited in Jardin du Luxembourg.

Hundreds of smaller replicas of the Statue of Liberty have been created worldwide. The classical appearance (Roman stola, sandals, facial expression) derives from Libertas, ancient Rome's goddess of freedom from slavery, oppression, and tyranny. Her raised right foot is on the move. This symbol of Liberty and Freedom is not standing still or at attention in the harbor, it is moving forward, as her left foot tramples broken|shackles]] at her feet, in symbolism of the United States' wish to be free from oppression and tyranny. The seven spikes on the crown epitomize the Seven Seas and seven continents. Her torch signifies enlightenment. The tablet in her hand represents knowledge.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2009-05-02 13:30]

Hello Michael
So the Statue of Liberty is replicated in many other places in the world. I never knew what is stood for, so your notes are very interesting - 'wish to be free from oppression and tyranny'.
Thank you for sharing


I don't know how I feel about this image enough to critique it. I have been staring at it for at least the last 5 minutes, alternating between the large view and this one, and still can't decide.

I like your angle here. It really puts Lady Liberty in a commanding position, emphasizing her power and significance. Unfortunately, I don't like the angle here. It puts her far back in the frame, minimizing her power and significance.


Like I said, I'm not sure.

I do like the light: just enough contrast to bring out the folds in her robe, but not enough to sacrifice highlight or shadow details. The sky couldn't be better.

Sorry I couldn't be more help.


(Maybe a little more personal detail in the note?)

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