Artist to shine spotlight on Statue of Liberty

bartholdiJim Weren knows his history. Even after a 15-minute conversation with him, individuals can learn the most interesting facts like the skin of the Statue of Liberty is the thickness of two pennies.

Weren, an artist and history lover, will reveal other unique details about the Statue of Liberty as well as the French artist who made the colossal sculpture during his presentation, Bartholdi and his Lady of Copper, from 7 to 8 p.m. March 25 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive.

Partially funded by a grant from the City of Naperville, the presentation will highlight Bartholdi and the Statue of Liberty from an artistic and historical standpoint, focusing on the experience and adventures of the artist.

“The statue is an incredible artistic, engineering and marketing achievement,” Weren said. “One of the most important points I try to make is that some pieces of artwork are so powerful that we don’t know who the artist is or why the piece was created.”

Weren, who has presented about 220 historical programs throughout the years, said it took Frédéric Bartholdi about 20 years to finish the 30-story-high statue – from start to finish. During his presentation, Weren will showcase his own art pieces that explain how Bartholdi constructed the statue.

“[The statue] is a gift from the people of France to the people of America in respect for America’s achievement in liberty and as to strengthen the bond between the French people and the American people that was brought forth in the American Revolution,” Weren said.