Frederic Bartholdi liked to create big sculpturereally big sculpture. And he created one of the biggest, most famous sculptures in the worldall because he went to a dinner party.
Bartholdi, born in 1834 in Alsace, France, studied painting and architecture in Paris and in the Middle East. He became most interested in sculpturebig, patriotic sculpture. At a dinner party at the home of Edouard de Laboulaye in 1865, he became inspired by the discussion of a monumental gift from the people of France to the people of the United States to honor their mutual love of liberty. He decided to design a colossal statue.
On February 18, 1879, Bartholdi received a United States patent for his design of a statue. He called the statue, "Liberty Enlightening the World." It would become not only Batholdi's most famous work, but also a symbol of liberty recognized throughout the world.