People: Dec. 9, 1985

The torch has beckoned for nearly a century as a symbol of hope for people everywhere. But by the time it was taken down 17 months ago, as part of a $230 million restoration of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, the 4,800-lb. copper beacon had been badly damaged by the elements. Last week a new torch based on the original 1886 design by French Sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi was raised 305 ft. to its perch in Liberty's right hand, overlooking New York Harbor. Constructed by a team of artisans from Les Métalliers Champenois of Reims, France, the 15-ft. flame...

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