Written By: Ben Cosgrove
The Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable pieces of public art, not only in America but around the world. At the time of its dedication on October 28, 1886, this gift from France was, at 305 feet and one inch, the tallest structure in New York City. While its status has been dwarfed in that one measure, its status as an icon has only deepened over time.
Here are photos of Lady Liberty as captured by LIFE photographers through the years.
Liz Ronk edited this gallery for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter @lizabethronk.