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SCREENING & EXHIBITION: Lady Liberty, History of a Giant Monument

June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This summer, a Lady Liberty crafted from Bartholdi’s molds will once again cross the Atlantic to stand on American ground. This 10-foot statue will leave in June 2021 from the same port in France used by her older sister, visit her sibling on Liberty Island for Independence Day, and finally settle in at the French Ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. on Bastille Day, where she will stand as a symbol of the longstanding and strong Franco-American friendship.

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy invite you to an Exclusive Screening of Lady Liberty, History of A Giant Monument, directed by Laure Leibovitz on June 16 at 7 P.M.

Following the screening, you will have the chance to preview the exhibition “Liberty Enlightening the World” from the Cnam (Centre National des Arts et Métiers) on display at the Maison Française.


Lady Liberty: History of a Giant Monument, directed by Laure Leibovitz

2018 | France | 52 min

Built more than a century ago on an island in the Bay of New York, the Statue of Liberty attracts more than 4 million visitors every year.

130 tons of wrought iron, 88 tons of copper and 27,000 tons of concrete: this superstructure reflects a crazy project, carried by the greatest names of the 19th century … Visionary men who revolutionised their time.  A real technological achievement, this colossal project fits perfectly with its time, a period defined by a race towards progress. The Industrial Revolution which pushes back the limits of the possible dramatically is fascinating both engineers and artists. The Lady who lights the world is a great and unique concentrate of innovations. A colossus of such height, never built before, demanded engineering treasures.

This 52-minute film traces the singular adventure of the most famous colossus in the world, revealing the technical process behind its construction. Experts and Historians tell us more and 3D animation shows us more.

A symbol of freedom to enlighten the world

135 years after “The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” was unveiled on Liberty Island, another statue of Lady Liberty is set to cross the Atlantic. A major partnership between the Embassy of France in the U.S., the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam) and the CMA CGM Group to celebrate freedom, French American friendship. The 9-foot, bronze statue will be displayed on Ellis Island on Independence Day before being installed outside the French Ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. on Bastille Day (July 14).

The Embassy of France in the U.S., the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam) and the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, are partnering to bring another emblematic treasure and symbol of freedom to the United States. Arriving in New York City for Independence Day and in Washington, D.C. for Bastille Day, the 9-foot, bronze statue of Lady Liberty is was made from the original plaster model of 1878 by Auguste Bartholdi, currently exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Paris.

The arrival of the new Lady Liberty statue will celebrate the most central value of the French-American partnership: freedom. As the world and these two democracies face unprecedented challenges, more than ever, there remains a need to celebrate liberty and to renew vows to defend it. In addition, the artistic, technological and logistics challenges to bring this new statue to America tell a modern tale of successful international cooperation.

This screening by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States is made possible through a generous grant from TV5 Monde.


June 16
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road, NW Washington, DC 20007 + Google Map