A scaled-down reproduction of the Statue of Liberty started its journey from France to the USA on the again of a flat-bed truck on Monday, retracing the journey revamped a century in the past by its huge sister, which now seems out over New York Harbour.
The reproduction, which stands at 2.83 metres (9.3 ft) tall, is being loaned by a Paris museum to the USA for 10 years to cement Franco-American friendship.
On Monday, workmen used a crane to softly elevate the statue off its plinth in Paris. They then laid it on its again on the again of a truck, coated with plastic movie for cover and wedged in with foam blocks.
As soon as in the USA, it can go on show in Washington D.C.
“Franco-American friendship might be marked underneath the signal of liberty,” stated Olivier Faron, common administrator of Conservatoire Nationwide des Arts et Metiers, the establishment which oversees the museum.
“A brand new period in relations between France and the USA will open up, that’s what we would like.”
The bigger model of the Statue of Liberty was given by France to the USA as a present, and was accomplished and assembled in 1886.
The smaller reproduction was designed in 1878 by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the identical sculptor who – with assist from engineer Gustave Eiffel – created the bigger model now in New York.