Lamp Beside The Golden Door – Statue of Liberty Art
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On my first visit to New York City, this view of the Statue of Liberty from New York Harbor was as close as I would get to that iconic statue. On the day I had intended to go, the weather was just not that great, and it was a short trip with friends anyway. There’s only so much that can be packed into a handful of days in NYC reasonably.
Having since returned to New York City and having gotten a much closer look at the Statue of Liberty, I can safely say that the view from the water, as seen here in this print, is probably the most iconic view of that old American landmark. You can really imagine how those immigrants on boats heading to Ellis Island must have felt upon reaching the fabled shores of the USA. I don’t think it’s possible to see Lady Liberty without thinking of those famous words from Emma Lazarus’ poem The New Colossus.
…”Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
It’s certainly an amazing landmark and my print was intended to capture that overwhelming sense of wonder. She truly feels like a giant colossus lighting the way to freedom when you see her gazing out across the sea with her lamp held high.
Have you too felt that sense of wonder gazing up at the Statue of Liberty from the deck of a boat? Or is it a matter of patriotism and you simply love the ideals of freedom that she represents? Either way, I think this print captures those emotions.