The statues sculptor was Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi; he modeled Lady Liberty's face after his mother, Charlotte. He also had many symbolic features in the statue, including twenty-five windows in the crown to represent gemstones found on the earth and the heaven's rays shining over the world. The seven spikes on the statue's crown represent the seven seas and continents of the world. And, the tablet she holds in her left hand reads "July 4th, 1776", the date of American independence.
The statue was so large that Bartholdi got Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, who designed the Eiffel Tower, to help him fix structural problems, and to design the huge iron pylon and other work that allows the statue's copper to move independently yet remain upright.
When it was complete, the French ship Isere transported the Statue of Liberty's 300 copper pieces, which were packed in 214 crates, to America. However, the ship almost sank in stormy seas; it arrived in New York on June 17, 1885. But, the Statue's was not assembled for a year until 1886 when the pedestal was completed on the12-acre Liberty Island.