The Statue of Liberty is turning 125 years old tomorrow and the lady’s going high-tech to celebrate.
Five cameras have been installed on her torch, allowing viewers to gaze out at New York Harbor. The five webcams will be switched on tomorrow during a ceremony to commemorate the statue’s dedication on Oct. 28, 1886. The statue was a gift from France.
The cameras will be on 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and show four vistas, including a 180-degree panorama of the harbor, with views of passing boats, the World Trade Center construction and both Ellis and Governors islands. You can see views from the torch by logging on to the EarthCam and the National Park Service's Statue of Liberty websites.
“You don’t have to be afraid of heights,” Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island superintendent David Luchsinger joked. “For the first time ever, you can see a view from the torch looking down towards her crown, face, tablet and historic Fort Wood all from your computer or smartphone.”
Earthcam Inc., a New Jersey-based company, donated the cameras to the National Park Service.
The public is invited to attend tomorrow’s ceremony. After that, the interior of the statue — from the pedestal to the museum base — will close for up to a year for upgrades.
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