The Foundation's fundraising drive sparked a dramatic response. All funds for the Foundation's projects have come from the American people — no government funds have been used. Department of the Interior, first tackled the restoration of the Statue of Liberty.
Max has been enamored with the statue since ever completing his first portrait of it 42 years ago. Standing at feet tall, the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of freedom, optimism, and friendship among nations. It was cracked, crumbling, and in desperate need of restoration.
Fortunately, its salvation came from an unlikely source—Max. It became an annual tradition, and each year since I have painted her in an increasing number: Max completed his paintings on six eight-foot-tall canvases at the White House.
Peter Max Statue of Liberty Rescue Max racked his brain to figure out who could sponsor the ambitious project. He met with the president of an advertising agency to see if one of their clients, Air France, might be interested. After all, France originally gave the statue to America.
Instead, during their conversation, Max and the agency president realized they could present the project to Lee Iacocca, chairman of Chrysler Corporation, who was looking for new public relations opportunities. Iacocca loved the idea. After four years of work, the renovated statue—including a new torch covered in carat gold—reopened to the public in The bold flashes of color inspired me to paint the portraits in a whole new color palette akin to the Fauvist techniques of my earlier studies.
To collect the art of Peter Max, contact our gallery consultants at ext.Dec 02, · Watch video · Even as the restoration began, the United Nations designated the Statue of Liberty as a World Heritage Site.
On July 5, , the Statue of Liberty reopened to the public in a centennial celebration. About the Foundation.
In , President Ronald Reagan asked Lee Iacocca, then Chairman of Chrysler Corporation, to head a private sector effort to raise funds for the restoration and preservation of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
On this day in , the dismantled Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of America, arrives in New York Harbor after being shipped across the Atlantic. Debbie Neal, National Park Service, Statue of Liberty NM The new torch being lifted into place during restoration circa The restoration was completed in and the Statue's centennial was celebrated on July 4 with fireworks and fanfare.
Testimony was given concerning the restoration of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, specifically whether: (1) the project has met its restoration and fundraising goals; and (2) the Department of the Interior has monitored and maintained oversight of the project.
The Statue of Liberty's stone pedestal was designed by famed architect Richard Morris Hunt who designed it to complement the Statue of Liberty rather than overwhelm it. The structure was constructed and paid for by the American people.
The pedestal is roughly half the height of the entire monument, offering panoramic views of Ellis Island, New York, New Jersey and the New York Harbor.