Recently on a hunch, we wondered if the Statue of Liberty in New York City harbor was on the World Grid. We plotted the area and found out it was. Here’s the story.
The original Statue of Liberty was built on the Île aux Cygnes, river Seine in Paris, France. It is near the Pont de Grenelle.
The Île aux Cygnes is a man-made island in the river Seine (48°51′0″ N, 2°16′47″ E), 11.50 m high (37 feet 9 inches). Inaugurated on July 4, 1889, it looks southwest, downriver along the Seine. Its tablet bears two dates: “IV JUILLET 1776” (July 4, 1776: the United States Declaration of Independence) like the New York statue, and “XIV JUILLET 1789” (July 14, 1789: the storming of the Bastille).
The Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York City harbor was a gift to the United States from the French people. It was designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and was dedicated on October 28, 1886. The statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue has become an icon of freedom and of the United States.
In the Gridpoint Atlas software, the first grid we plotted happened to be the one the statue was built on, the 7.5′ grid. In fact, the grid line goes right through the exact center of the statue’s base. Here is a screenshot.
You can’t get any more blatant than that.
Interesting how most of these things are hiding in plain sight.