Frédéric-Auguste BARTHOLDI, August 2, 1834, is the most famous resident here in Colmar. He lived at number 30, Rue de Marchands, or "Street of the Traders." He was known especially by Americans all the world over as the sculpture of their towering landmark at the front of New York harbour.
Early models of the sculpture were made out of clay. Then, sheets of copper were laid over wooden moulds based on the clay models and hen-beaten by metal workers into shape. Taking thousands of detailed measurements, the entire project took an estimated 21 years. The face of Lady Liberty was modelled after BARTHOLDI's own mother, with the rest of her body done in the ancient Roman style.
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