The sculpture will arrive in the U.S. in time for Independence Day celebrations on July 4
A scaled-down replica of the Statue of Liberty, based on the original plaster model for its older sister standing on Ellis Island, will soon make the trip to the United States, where it will be displayed on Independence Day as a gift to France.
The bronze statue, about 3 meters tall, will make the nine-day journey from the French port of Le Havre to Baltimore across the Atlantic Ocean aboard a container ship.
From Baltimore, it will be delivered to Ellis Island in time for the July 4 celebration.
Then the mini Statue of Liberty will be displayed in the garden of the French Embassy in Washington, DC, where it will be brought to the French national holiday of Bastille Day on July 14. The statue will remain there for the next ten years.
The Statue of Liberty “is our Eiffel Tower,” said U.S. Embassy spokesman Liam Wesley at the send-off ceremony. The diplomat called it a symbol not only of freedom but also of the richness of U.S.-French relations.