The exhibition features two distinct sculptural personifications of liberty: New York City’s Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World and Florence’s Liberty of Poetry.
Kent State sent a multidisciplinary research team to 3D scan and digitally capture Pio Fedi’s Liberty of Poetry statue, located in the Basilica Santa Croce in Florence. Utilizing very high-resolution scan data to create a 3D-printed replica, the 80% scale reproduction enables visitors to see the Italian predecessor to the U.S. Statue of Liberty located directly across Ellis Island to Liberty Island.
The tomb of Giovan Battista Niccolini, poet and playwright of the Risorgimento era, is probably the most recognizable monument to visitors of Santa Croce because it so convincingly recalls a true American symbol, the Statue of Liberty.
“The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was designated as a National Monument in 1924. Employees of the National Park Service have been caring for the colossal copper statue since 1933. A state of the art, new “Liberty Museum” at the Liberty Island, opened to public in May 2019.