Statue of Liberty

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Like many immigrants to the United States, Gregorio Marzan considered the Statue of Liberty an important symbol of freedom. He created many versions of the statue and in this piece portrayed Lady Liberty in heavy make-up and gaudy clothing. Marzan’s use of found objects, including the glue caps in the crown, relates to the Latin American tradition of creating personal shrines and totems from everyday objects.
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
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Department
Painting and Sculpture
1989
Object number
1997.124.72
Artist
Gregorio Marzan, born Vega Baja, Puerto Rico 1906-died New York City 1997
Topic
Dress\accessory\jewelry
Monument\statue\Statue of Liberty
Medium
mixed media: plaster, fabric, glue, light bulb, Elmer's Glue caps, and wig
Dimensions
64 1/2 x 30 x 7 in. (163.8 x 76.2 x 17.8 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Sculpture
Folk Art