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The Lady Is a Lamp

What you don’t know about the Statue of Liberty.

Oct 22, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 06 • By EMILY SCHULTHEIS
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Berenson details the complicated 1986 restoration (including new rivets precovered with Liberty’s signature green patina to avoid a polka-dot look), completed in time for her centennial, for which New York hosted a four-day party. On the occasion, Paul Goldberger described her in the New York Times as a “gesture of welcoming. .  .  . This great figure standing at the edge pulls New York together [and gives] the city an anchor. .  .  . The city that is too large and too busy to stop for anyone seems, through this statue, to stop for everyone.”

Emily Schultheis is an assistant editor at National Affairs.