The Statue of Liberty in its original copper form in Paris before it was transported to New York City, in 1886.French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi wanted to commemorate the American Revolution so he used his mother as a model for his creation. Due to fundraising problems, Bartholdi had to work on the statue on and off, but it was finally finished a few months before giving it to America.
The French government officially presented the statue to the United States minister to France in Paris on July 4, 1884. The government then disassembled Lady Liberty before packing it into more than 200 wooden crates and shipping it to the United States. It took two years for the statue to be reassembled once it arrived in the states and now she watches over New York City.