Mini Statue of Liberty joins its big sister

The Statue of Liberty has been joined by her little sister

Location: New York City

The scaled-down replica was sent from France

retracing the journey made by the larger version over a century ago

(SOUNDBITE) (English) FRENCH AMBASSADOR TO THE U.S., PHILIPPE ÉTIENNE, SAYING:

"This statue, which is obviously much smaller, because it's just under 3 meters and it's 450 kilograms, is also the statue by the same sculptor, because it was cast on the mold, which has been used by the sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi to create the Statue of Liberty in the 1860s, '70s and '80s."

It is being loaned by a Paris museum for 10 years

to celebrate Franco-American relations

The mini version will stand alongside the original until July 6

before moving to the U.S. capital

(SOUNDBITE) (English) FRENCH AMBASSADOR TO THE U.S., PHILIPPE ÉTIENNE, SAYING:

"The final destination is Washington. It will be a Statue of Liberty for Washington, for the federal Capitol. but we found it so important to have this meeting between the little and the big sisters, especially on the Fourth of July and then on the 14th of July, which is our national day, Bastille Day. It will be inaugurated again, but in Washington."

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