We live in a world where heritage is ubiquitous. While in the past few years we have seen a global shift in the increased attention paid to the safeguarding and exhibition of both tangible and intangible forms of heritage, we still have a long way to go. Not everyone strives to cultivate culture and there still are people who believe heritage and tradition to be archaic and irrelevant in this contemporary world.
In a city as diverse as New York City, it’s very easy to get caught up in the shove and feel displaced and disoriented. It then becomes only natural to overlook these historic specks of immense significance. To help you incorporate heritage back into your life, here’s a list of top 5 monuments of architectural brilliance:
- Statue of Liberty: Liberty Enlightening the World or what is commonly referred to as the Statue of Liberty is a mammoth neoclassical sculpture that was gifted to the folks in the USA by the people living in France. Described by UNESCO as a masterpiece of the human spirit, the statue is a figure of a robed woman representing the Roman Goddess, Libertas.
- The Sherman Monument: Immortalized in gold by Augustus Saint Gaudens, The Sherman Monument is an open-air sculpture of William Tecumseh Sherman, a revered hero of the infamous civil war.
- Grant’s Tomb: The General Grant National Memorial, commonly referred to as Grant’s Tomb is a mausoleum of Ulysses S Grant, America’s 18th president, and his wife Julia Dent Grant. Seeking to epitomize the presence of social institutions, it’s a much-visited landmark in New York City.
- Alma Mater Statue: Located on the steps of Colombia University in Manhattan, this bronze sculpture depicting Goddess Athena was built by Daniel Chester French, one of the most praised American sculptors. Rumor has it that the first student of each batch to find the owl hidden in Alma Mater’s robes goes on to marry a Barnard girl.