The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, a gift to the United States from the people of France in 1886, bears a famously green, head-to-toe patina resulting from over a hundred years of exposure to the elements.
The outer skin of the statue is copper, which means that when it was originally built it was coppered-colored (a dull brown). Snopes.com’s Alex Kasprak explains the chemical process behind the "greening" of Lady Liberty.
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