Liberty Enlightening the World Wide Web
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New York, NY - The Statue of Liberty is officially known as, "Liberty Enlightening the World." But to many she is "Lady Liberty," "The Lady" or even just "the Statue." On her 125th anniversary, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, she will be known by a new name, "Liberty Enlightening the World Wide Web " thanks to a series of new web cams placed around her torch.
Several remarkable views will be just a touch of a mouse away. On clear days, three cameras will provide unobstructed panoramas and live views of the famed New York City skyline, along with a front row seat to watch views of the majestic Hudson River and ships in New York Harbor. And that's just looking out. The two remaining cameras provide truly unique views. One provides a ultra wide-angle interactive view of the famed golden torch; and the final camera looks downward.
"You don't have to be afraid of heights, because for the first time ever, you can see a view from the torch looking down towards her crown, face, tablet and historic Fort Wood all from your computer or smart phone," said Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Superintendent David Luchsinger. "It's really a wonderful way for people from around the world to connect with Lady Liberty using today's technology."
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. (SOLEIF), the official partner of the park, worked with EarthCam to make these internationally accessible views a reality. Brian Cury, CEO & Founder of EarthCam, Inc., the company that designed, produced and donated the technology behind the TorchCam, created custom camera systems that generate live video and widescreen 25 megapixel panoramic images. These cameras give visitors unmatched views from the Statue of Liberty torch, a location that has been closed to the public since 1916.
"In the spirit of Bartholdi and Eiffel, who in the late 19th Century combined art and technology to create the Statue of Liberty, my vision was to do the same using our innovative technology of today to create the TorchCam. The cameras give everyone the freedom to visit this extraordinary location - anytime, anywhere," said Cury. "It has been an honor to work with the National Park Service and the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation to deliver the world the views from the torch."
The staff on Liberty Island has a team of rangers that have been using social media to engage audiences in park events, history and happenings. They will be covering the events on Oct. 28 live using a variety of social media. Everyone is invited to share the links and join the conversation.
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"Liberty Enlightening the World," the statue that is today more popularly known as the "Statue of Liberty," was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and was dedicated on October 28, 1886.
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Did You Know?
The Statue's original torch was the first part constructed in 1876. In 1984 it was replaced by a new copper torch covered in 24K gold leaf which is lighted by floodlight at night. The original torch is currently located in the lobby of the monument. Access to the torch has been closed since 1916.