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July 4th, Liberty welcomes visitors

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The Statue of Liberty in Leicester, England

Happy July 4th to all our US visitors.

Here in Leicester, England, I was just looking at our own welcome to the city. The newly refurbished Statue of Liberty, Upperton Road, Leicester…

Statue of Liberty welcomes visitors

Statue of Liberty welcomes visitors

The Statue of Liberty used to rise above the nearby Liberty Shoes factory, which was demolished some time ago. The statue (17 foot high and 3.4 ton) dates from the 1920’s, and was supposed to go back on the replacement building. This turned out not to be strong enough (by design, alleges local rumour ;-) and the statue was finally put back at ground level after a major road development in the area (a short walk from the Northlight offices).

There was always the issue that a statue high up on a building could get away with somewhat less detailed and careful repair work over the time it was up there. As such, it’s just been renovated [BBC story]

The statue doesn’t quite have the impressive view of the original best known in New York, but here it is gazing out over a major entry point into the city.

Liberty welcomes the huddled masses entering Leicester

Liberty welcomes the huddled masses entering Leicester

The other angle does not have the advantage of the Manhattan skyline behind it, but does show one of Leicester’s claims to fame – more densely packed traffic lights than any other city in the UK…

Liberty and the red traffic lights

Liberty and the stop lights

Since it’s July 4th, we have tourists wondering what it’s doing there…

Tourists at the Statue of Liberty, Leicester, England

Tourists at the Statue of Liberty, Leicester, England

I do like the dedication, even if the bottom half doesn’t quite match up with the gravitas and significance of the Thomas Paine quotation.

When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon

When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon

“When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon” – so true.

Unfortunately, I’ll probably not be making a trip to the US this year, but all the best to my friends and acquaintances out there.

Photo technical – all taken on Canon 1Ds3 with 70-200 and TS-E 17mm lenses.

Many more Leicester pictures on our Leicester photos site, and lots of US pictures in our main Print Gallery

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2 Comments
  • Keith | Jul 15, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Whoops, quite true :-)

  • Interesting | Jul 15, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Interesting, except the original is in Paris, not in New York.

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