LIBERTY BELLE

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!       
Emma  Lazarus

The seven crown points of Frederic Auguste Bartholdi’s “Liberty Enlightening the World” in New York Harbor traditionally represent the seven seas and the seven continents. For my rusty steel Liberty Belle I would like to expand that to include the seven virtues of faith, hope, love, wisdom, justice, temperance, and courage. Whether responding to a famine, tsunami, or earthquake the gracious people of America exhibit these virtues in coming to the aid of the hurting across the world more generously than any other nation. The French sculptor symbolically crafted a broken shackle and chain near her feet. I am continuing this theme of becoming unfettered.  Liberty equals freedom and Belle is French for beautiful.  Thus Liberty Belle = beautiful freedom. Our forefathers so desperately yearned for this liberty they left Europe in simple wooden boats to brave the ocean to find a place to live free.

The ‘wretched refuse’ of Belle is the rusty found objects she is made of.  Her live torch and lit crown are a light of the world.... let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:16

And why would we not share the beautiful freedom we’ve been given through Christ...

If therefore the Son (Jesus) makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
John 8:36

I have another tie to the copper clad lady in New York and Ellis Island. At the age of 17 my grandmother Theresa was trying to board the ill-fated Titanic alone for America in April 1912. The more affordable steerage class was full and she couldn’t afford the upper class fair. God used her lack of wealth to guide her to another voyage since he had other plans for her.

 

INVENTORY  of  “LIBERTY  BELLE” (steel lady liberty)

Wood stove
Wagon tire
Pliers & scissors
Auger
Drills
Door lever handles
Hand scythes & hay knife
Horseshoes
Muffler
Grass clippers & sheep shears
Spoons
Forks
Rake
Aerator tines
Bicycle sprocket
9 mm & 12 mm wrenches

Base
Base
Crown
Stairway
Curls
Thumbs and toes
Hair
Crown & robe ring
Robe
Crown
Cheeks, chin, toes
Hair
Crown windows
Fingers & hair
Torch
Man on stairs

Fabricated one of a kind.

126" H x 46" L

Newberg, Oregon


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