“Statue of Freedom”
Updated December 23, 2009
In celebration of the United States of America, and the freedom offered to all who call this great country home, the second piece selected for the Cerritos Sculpture Garden was the “Statue of Freedom”. The “Statue of Freedom” is a 7-foot re-creation by Michael Maiden of the original bronze by Thomas Crawford, which is the crowning feature on the dome of our nation’s capitol in Washington, D.C. The original “Statue of Freedom” is 19 feet, 6 inches tall and was placed in 1863 on a cast iron globe to represent "Freedom Triumphant in War and Peace."
The right hand of the classical female figure of “Freedom” rests upon the hilt of a sheathed sword, ready to defend our liberty. Her left hand holds a laurel wreath of victory and the shield of the United States with 13 stripes. “Freedom” stands on a base encircled with "E Pluribus Unum," a Latin phrase meaning "Out of Many, One," which was adopted as the motto of the Great Seal of the United States, and refers to the original 13 colonies united as one. This base was carved in granite in the likeness of the original cast-iron globe.