Egypt Carrying the Light to Asia
Egypt Carrying the Light to Asia, also known as Progress Carrying the Light to Asia, was a plan for a colossal neoclassical sculpture. Designed in the late 1860s by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor, the project was to be a statue of a robed female figure bearing a torch at the entryway of the Suez Canal in Port Said, Egypt. The proposed statue was declined by the Khedive, citing the expensive cost, and in 1869 the Port Said Lighthouse, designed by François Coignet, was built in the same location.
In the 1880s Bartholdi designed and built his colossal Liberty Enlightening the World, a robed female figure bearing a torch, which became known as the Statue of Liberty. He placed it in New York Harbor in the United States.
- Khan, Yasmin Sabina (2010). Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty. Cornell University Press. pp. 53–54. ISBN 0-8014-4851-4.
- "The Statue of Liberty Story, From Egypt to New York | The Arab American Historical Foundation Home". www.arabamericanhistory.org. Retrieved 2017-02-22.
- Karabell, Zachary (2003). Parting the desert: the creation of the Suez Canal. Alfred A. Knopf. p. 243. ISBN 0-375-40883-5.
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