The Image of Liberty (8 of 10) by Jeff Strite
This content is part of a series.The Image of Liberty (8 of 10)
Series: Broken Chains
OPEN: (we showed the following video from the 10 Commandments with Heston and Yul Brenner) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo0JMs-evQU. (Beginning at 2:43 running till 4:09)
The year was 1856.
Artist Auguste Bartholdi was vacationing in Egypt and he was overwhelmed by what he saw.
The grandeur of the pyramids, the stateliness of the Sphinx, and the beauty of the Nile all filled him with awe.
While he was there he met another visitor to Egypt, Ferdinand de Lesseps. De Lesseps was proposing a canal that would begin at the Red Sea and cut through the desert to ultimately join with the Mediterranean Sea saving merchant ships the long journey around the tip of the Africa.
Do you know the name of that Canal?
That’s right, the Suez Canal.
Bartholdi was inspired by De Lessep’s plan and he proposed designing a lighthouse for the entrance to this canal at the Red Sea. This was to be no ordinary lighthouse. This was going to be work of art. It would symbolize the light of Western civilization flowing to the East.
Auguste worked on his idea for over 10 years… drawing plans and molding clay models. He scrapped plan after plan - until he found the right one, the perfect design.
His lighthouse would have been a huge robed lady standing taller than the Sphinx. In one hand she would hold the book of justice and in the other, a torch.
Only one problem remained. Who would pay for it? He looked everywhere, but no one was interested. So, when the Suez Canal finally opened - there was NO lighthouse.
Discouraged and disheartened, Auguste returned to France. Ten years of toil wasted.
But back home, the French government sought him out. They wanted to give a gift to America. They chose his lighthouse, which now stands in New York harbor.
Do you know the name of that grand lighthouse?
The Statue of Liberty.
(Joseph M. Stowell III in ‘‘The Upside of Down’’)
Now, the Statue of L ...
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