Sunday, April 12, 2009

Upskirt


Here's something you may not know. When you visit the Statue Of Liberty, you can go into the museum located in the base of the structure, and climb to the top of it. The top of the base, that is, not the top of the statue. And the day I went, you actually had to climb. The elevator was out, so I walked up a dozen or more flights of stairs. At the top, there's a ranger, and he explains that you can no longer climb into the bowels of liberty, so to speak, but there are four spots on the floor where you can stand and look through glass panels, up the skirt of Lady Liberty. So these four shots are what you see if you stand in those four spots. You can see the ladder that leads up to the crown. You can see the iron structure that was designed by the same fellow who did the Eiffel Tower. You can see the copper skin that's held in place by hundreds of iron straps, each intricately shaped to match the copper, not the other way around. (Well, they used to be iron. After the restoration in the 1980's spearheaded by Lee Iaccoca, most of the original iron bars were replaced one at a time by stainless steel replicas.) Anyhow, I thought it was pretty fantastic. She is as pretty on the inside as on the outside, and what woman doesn't want to be the same way?


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