When the Statue of Liberty turns 125 on Oct. 28, 2011, five cameras—called “TorchCams”—placed around the outside of the structure and providing panoramic views of New York Harbor will be a mouse click away.
The National Parks Service manages the statue, which is officially known as, "Liberty Enlightening the World." A gift to the United States from France, the statue was designed by sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and was dedicated on Oct. 28, 1886. The five cameras are to be activated during a ceremony commemorating that dedication.
The five cameras will be operating 24 hours, seven days a week and will provide views from the torch that have been unavailable to the public since 1916, according to the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation Inc. Three cameras will provide unobstructed panoramas and live views of the New York City skyline, the Hudson River and ships in New York Harbor, the foundation says. The two remaining cameras will provide an ultra wide-angle interactive view of the famed golden torch with the final camera looking downward.
“You don't have to be afraid of heights, because 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 smart phone,” said Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Superintendent David Luchsinger. “It’s really a wonderful way for people from around the world to connect with Lady Liberty using today’s technology.”
The TorchCams were designed, produced and donated by EarthCam Inc., all in the spirit of Bartholdi, who in the late 19th Century combined art and technology to create the Statue of Liberty, said Brian Cury, the company’s CEO. EarthCam’s vision was to do the same using today’s innovative technology to create the TorchCam, which “give everyone the freedom to visit this extraordinary location anytime, anywhere,” he said.