True Color Of The Statue Of Liberty  

The Statue of Liberty is symbolic to the country of the US. It is a masterpiece in terms of its architecture of the 19th century, which continues to awe the world even today. The Statue was intended to be a masonry pier at first. The Statue was then commissioned to French engineer, Viollet-le-Duc. Upon his death in the year 1879, the contract went to Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, the builder and the designer of the Eiffel Tower fame. He along with his associate, Maurice Koechlin, another structural engineer opted for an iron truss design instead of the masonry one.

Together they decided not to make the metallic framework too rigid as that would make it to crack up due to tensile forces. Thus they introduced something called the armature, a metallic framework, which ends at something called the “saddles”, a metallic mesh of straps. Keeping in mind the climate of the harbor of New York, they gave the statue an asbestos skin amalgamated with shellac. This helped to prevent any sort of galvanic corrosion between the iron support and the copper skin structure.

The structure of the Statue of Liberty which now stands has a thin coat of copper. Now this layer changed its color to blue-green with the passage of time because of the chemical reactions between water and metal. This phenomenon is called patination. Before this process of patination, the original color of the Statue of Liberty was shiny reddish brown, as was designed by the two French engineers.  

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