Description The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States. On Liberty Island in New York Harbor, the copper statue was erected. On October 28, 1886, the statue's completion was marked by New York's first ticker-tape parade. In 1958, I was 8 years old when I first visited the statue and climbed the long spiral staircase to the top of the torch.Lady Liberty holds a torch above her head with her right hand, and in her left hand carries a tablet inscribed in Roman numerals with 'JULY IV MDCCLXXVI' (July 4, 1776), the date of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. At her feet lies a broken chain representing emancipation from bondage. For many years, the statue became an icon of freedom and a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad. Plans for the construction of a granite platform to mount the statue were drafted. In 1882, fundraising for the project commenced. The committee organized several money-raising events. As part of one such effort poet Emma Lazarus was asked to donate an original work. She initially declined. At the time, she was involved in aiding refugees to New York who had fled anti-Semitic pogroms in eastern Europe. She saw a way to express her empathy for these refugees in terms of the statue. The resulting sonnet, 'The New Colossus', including the iconic lines, 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free', is uniquely identified with the Statue of Liberty and is inscribed on a plaque in the museum in its base. My maternal grandfather and his brother were among the European refugees who had escaped the pogroms. They were young boys of ten and eleven. Their parents were killed shortly after they had boarded a tanker bound for New York. For many years, the statue became an icon of freedom and a welcoming sight to thousands of immigrants arriving from abroad. Thank God, Trump was not the president then, my mother would never have been born. This is the story behind the
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About the Artist: Spadecaller (Matt Schwartz) is the pseudonym he uses for his visual art, writing, poetry, and video creations; initially, the name came about by his direct approach on subjects that focus on humanitarian issues that impact our world today. He's known to call a spade a spade.
In the late 1950’s, Spadecaller’s formal training in traditional oil painting techniques commenced. He was eight years old, when he started private painting lessons. Through considerable personal sacrifice, his mother, who has since passed away, nurtured his artistic talents and provided him with many of the tools and circumstances to launch his creative journey. Memories of art exhibitions in New York City that his mother introduced him to continue to motivate his quest for excellence. Spadecaller attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71), and during the 70's up until the late 80's, he exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York. As a realist painter, he strives to capture the beauty of nature and the soul of humankind. Due to the onset of chronic illness in the late nineties and with the advent of image editing software, he turned to creating digital hand painted images, mixed media and photographic art - fusing these into an art form worthy of the same gratification that he had once found in oils.
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