At 130 years old, Lady Liberty is still one of the most iconic and easily recognizable women in history. She represents hope, democracy and peace. Standing 151 feet tall atop a 154-foot pedestal, she gives new meaning to the term “statuesque” and has a lovely green pallor.
But the Statue of Liberty wasn’t always green. When she was originally assembled in 1885, all 350 pieces were the typical brown color native to copper. Over the course of the next 30 years the copper brown color slowly changed, first to a darker brown, then to near black, and finally to the green color we see today.