Lady Liberty being built and standing in Paris Lady Liberty's head in a Paris Park Lady Liberty's hand and torch in Paris Liberty being constructed in Paris Lady Liberty's face before being shipped over. Feet and torch after being shipped over Liberty's hand and torch in NYC 1. The statue’s full name is Liberty Enlightening the World. 2. It was a gift from France, given to America in 1886. 3. The head of the statue was displayed at the World's Fair in Paris in 1878. 4. The seven spikes on the crown represent the seven oceans and the seven continents of the world, indicating the universal concept of liberty. 5. 300 different types of hammers were used to create the copper structure. 6. The statue's face was said to be modelled on the sculptor's mother, Charlotte. 7. The statue’s original torch was replaced in 1984 by a new copper torch covered in 24k gold leaf. 8. Although you cannot see Lady Liberty’s feet clearly she is in fact standing among a broken shackle and chains, with her right foot raised, depicting her moving forward away from oppression and slavery. 9. The statue sustained minor damage in 1916 when German saboteurs set off an explosion during World War One. The torch-bearing arm suffered the most damage, with repair works costing $100,000. The stairs in the torch were then closed to the public for safety reasons, and have remained closed ever since. 10. Groups in Boston and Philadelphia offered to pay the full cost of the construction of the statue, in return for its relocation.