Erected in 2004, The Statue of Freedom, as she is known locally, is located at the northern entrance to the Alsatian town of Colmar and is one of the world's largest replicas (standing at 12 metres / 39.37 feet high) of the original Statue of Liberty (
.e. the one located on Liberty Island in New York harbour). Colmar was the birthplace of French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, who is best known outside of France as the sculptor of the original statue. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of his death, his hometown was presented with this replica. Sculpted by Guillaume Roche and based on a 19th century original model sourced from the nearby Bartholdi Museum, this replica is built from polyester resin over steel and took 9 months to build and was unveiled by the wife of former French President, Jacques Chirac on July 4, 2004. Best reached from town by vehicle, the statue is located on the D83 road (Route de Strasbourg), on a roundabout in a commercial zone opposite Colmar airport. Several of the adjacent shops offer large car parks where tourists may stop briefly to visit the site.