The actual figure and form of the Statue of Liberty represents an America with honorable, democratic values at its core: justice and knowledge as symbolized by her tablet, freedom by the broken chains at her feet, and progression by her forward moving stance. But is this still the reality in the 21st century? Are Americans still focused on these ideals?
I think the reimagined Statue of Liberty above more accurately portrays the current, 21st century values of America. This new Liberty is overweight, representing America’s current obesity epidemic, and possibly also our greed. She holds multiple consumer electronic devices where her tablet used to be, signifying our reliance and obsession with technology. Instead of her robes, she’s adorned with guns, holsters, and bandoliers, exemplifying American’s intense fixation, and debate, on the right to bear arms. On her head is a surveillance device, paired with the video camera in her hand, depicting our current issues with privacy and free speech.
It’s disheartening to realize that this Liberty, in her “new clothes,” may actually be a better representation of America than the original. I would so much rather be writing about how timeless the Statue of Liberty is, how her first representation of America hasn’t changed. Unfortunately, we’ve changed as people and a nation, and I’m not sure if Liberty is still the best presentation of our values.