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Painting by Edward Moran of the unveiling of Gustave Eiffel’s Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor on Oct. 28, 1886.

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HISTORY CORNER: Gustave Eiffel: Thinking BIG
August 30, 2020 1 a.m.

HISTORY CORNER: Gustave Eiffel: Thinking BIG

French architect and civil engineer created the Eiffel Tower and helped build the Statue of Liberty

“There is an attraction, a special charm in the colossal to which ordinary theories of art do not apply,” said Alexandre Gustave Eiffel. “Can one think that because we are engineers, beauty does not preoccupy us or that we do not try to build beautiful, as well as solid and long-lasting structures?”