artifacts? [You looked at these ideas
in learning block 3-3.]
you have after
thinking deeply about this artifact.
What more do you want to know
a. The relationship between human
culture and expression
artifacts of this sort and why they
and are shaped by your expression
and that of others
d. The relationship between the
of the creator and
meaning [You learned about this in
learning block 3-4.]
Why is the Statue of Liberty so important to the world today?
Why did the French choose a statue to gift to the American?
Do immigrants still view the statue as a symbol of freedom and a
Why isn't Bartholdi's original idea spoken about in school?
How did they know that what the Statue meant to them, (friendship,
unity) it would mean to the U.S?
Would we think differently about America if Bartholdi went with his
Did Bartholdi think it would be this important, more than a century
Would it make sense for America to even have a statue of an
Would the world view the statue as a symbol of freedom?
What would Emma Lazarus view the statue as, if it were different?
Would she still have written the same poem?
If Emma Lazarus did not write “The New Colossus,” would the
statue still have gained the symbol of freedom?
Is there a universal idea of what a woman stands for? Why a woman
and not a man?
VII. Speculate on how you would go
answering these questions
For instance, what sorts of things
would you study about these kinds
of artifacts and their contexts that
might begin addressing these
In order to find out the answer to these many questions, I would have
to study Bartholdi's life, look into his role during the war or in
society, his beliefs, what he studied and what he enjoyed doing. I
need to know more about Emma Lazarus and her reasoning for
involving the torch in her poem, what did the statue mean to her?
Also, I would have to know about the American's relationship with
Egypt, to understand what it would have meant to us if Bartholdi
would've went through with his original idea. Studying women in
society would also give me an idea of why he chose to build a
woman and not a man.