A new exhibit, entitled "Liberty Uncrated," opened earlier this month on Ellis Island. The exhibit displays examples of the numerous museum objects from the Statue of Liberty's collection that have been protected and preserved in museum storage areas other than the Statue of Liberty exhibit on Liberty Island.
This temporary exhibit includes a wide variety of items depicting the Statue of Liberty, from paintings and photographs to souvenirs and toys. The highlight of the exhibit is the Statue of Liberty Avoiron Model.
With Statue sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi’s approval, Avoiron and Company, a Parisian foundry, produced a zinc model of the Statue of Liberty in four sizes. Royalties from the sales of these models contributed to the Statue's original construction in Paris. This 48-inch Avoiron model was owned by the Coca-Cola Company for many years and was presented to the Statue of Liberty National Monument for the Statue's 125th anniversary last October by Mayor Michael Bloomberg for the City of New York and Coca-Cola.
This exhibit explores many themes, including Liberty in popular culture, Liberty and advertising, a century of souvenirs and Liberty exploited in art. In the 125 years that the Statue of Liberty has stood in New York Harbor, her image has become part of the cultural fabric of the United States and, indeed, of the world.