Statue of Santa Croce Replicated in New York

Statue of Liberty by Auguste Bartholdi on left; Freedom of Poetry by Pio Fedi on right.

The Statue of Liberty, located on Ellis Island in New York City, has undeniable similarities to the statue found in the Basilica of Santa Croce, which was created by Pio Fedi. It is believed that after visiting Florence, the artist of the famous statue in New York, Auguste Bartholdi, was inspired by “Freedom of Poetry” in Florence.

The Opera de Santa Croce and Kent State University of Ohio have collaborated on the exhibition project called “Sisters in Liberty,” which will feature a replica of Fedi’s statue at Ellis Island in New York. Along with the replica, there will be a listening wall where people can record their thoughts on freedom. A video of a tour of Santa Croce in Florence will also be featured.

The members who are working on this exhibition plan to create the model using a 3D-printer. It is projected to be three meters tall (about 10 feet), a top grade work for a 3D-printer, and weigh 250 kilograms (around 551 pounds). The project is estimated to cost $100,000 and take four months to be completed.

The show is scheduled to be open to the public from October 11, 2019 to April 26, 2020. (sierra case)