Weight of copper: 62,000 lbs.(31 tons).
Weight of framework: 250,000 lbs. (125 tons).
Weight of concrete foundation: 54,000,000 lbs.
Thickness of copper sheeting: 3/32inch or the thickness of two pennies placed together.
Wind Sway: 50 mph winds cause the Statue to sway up to 3 inches and the torch up to 6 inches.
Direction: The Statue faces Southeast in perfect symetry with the placement of Fort Wood and how people would see the Statue while entering the harbor.
Crown: 25 windows and seven rays make up the crown.
Chains: Chains and a broken shackle are at the Statue's feet and cannot be seen from below.
The Tablet: Reads in Roman numerals "July 4, 1776" -- the date of American Independence. (JULY IV MDCCLXXVI)
The current torch is a 1986 replacement of the original, now in the lobby. The new torch is copper, covered in 24k. gold leaf. Sunlight reflects off the gold during the daytime and floodlights light the torch by reflection at night.
Did You Know?
Freedom is not standing still. A symbolic feature that people cannot see is the broken chain wrapped around the Statue's feet. Protruding from the bottom of her robe, the broken chains symbolize her free forward movement, enlightening the world with her torch free from oppression and servitude.