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A modern twist on an iconic New York City icon

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The famous torch that adorns Lady Liberty’s statue in New York City was designed in 1878 and originally fashioned from metal-and-glass, reflecting the theme of the statue itself: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Today, however, that same iconic image has been digitized and given a sleek, modern twist.

The New York Times created an interactive image of the torch, which can be viewed here. At the end of the interactive, you can take a look at Liberty State Park’s floating centerpiece, designed by Louis I. Kahn in 1962 and now referred to as the “Freedom Tower.”

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“Lady Liberty’s Torch,” a series of digital effects from the New York Times, shows a familiar silhouette in a contemporary context, transforming her image to serve a new purpose. The symbolism and imagery of the Statue of Liberty has been largely unchanged since its construction in the late 19th century. This graphic imagery accomplishes something that historians and artists rarely do: to provide a concise and inventive explanation of what the statue symbolizes, while making that explanation visually compelling.

The digital effects are part of the Times’ “Beefier.” The editor of “Beefier,” Sheryl Gay Stolberg, reports:

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