Statue Of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty: A Victim of Symbolism For many people, the Statue of Liberty represents freedom and liberty. However, for Hollywood, it seems that the Statue is just a convenient symbol to destroy to send a message.

Just The Facts

  1. The Statue of Liberty was given to America as a gift from France
  2. It is made of copper, and is only green because of oxidation of its copper skin
  3. Usually destroyed by evil, whether that be literal or metaphorical
  4. If it isn't destroyed, then villains usually like to stage their final battle at it
  5. Oh yeah, and the Ghostbusters brought her to life once

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The Statue of Liberty - A victim of symbolism

The artist Joseph Pennell created a poster 1918 for the fourth Liberty Loans campaign of 1918, during World War I, showing her headless and torchless while around her the New York area was in flames, under enemy attack by air and by sea.

Seems like they dropped the ball on this one.

Here are just a few examples of symbolism taking its toll.

The most famous of which is from Planet of the Apes, where Charlton Heston discovers the ruined Statue of Liberty on the ape filled planet, and that he's been on was really Earth all along.

This scene has been parodied by everybody from The Simpsons to Jay and Silent Bob.

Day After Tomorrow

(Image from Hulu)

Deep Impact (Beginning at 1:26)


One of the earliest instances in film in which the Statue of Liberty was destroy is the 1933 film Deluge

(Beginning at 4:05)

The Busy World of Richard Scarry

Where the good guys use it - Ghostbusters II, MIB II

Statue of Liberty Scene from Ghostbusters 2
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Where people stage battles: Saboteur, X-Men