We the People is one of 250 individual parts of artist Danh Vo's 1:1 replica of the Statue of Liberty. Vo's segmented version was never intended to be assembled, but rather to allow the viewer to experience the world-famous icon on a human scale and to reflect the idea of liberty from multiple perspectives. Made using repoussé (hammered metal), the same technique employed by the French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi to create the original statue in 1876, the individual parts of Vo's segmented version have been dispersed around the world and have to date been exhibited in more than fifteen countries.
Vo's We the People brings together a host of historical and cultural references. While the Statue of Liberty was produced by French craftsmen as a gift from France to the United States, with the site, pedestal, and erection paid for by American citizens, Vo's We The People was conceived in Germany, fabricated in Shanghai, and funded by the artist's French gallery and collectors in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Vo's reimagining of the Statue of Liberty takes on increased urgency in our current moment in time, where immigration and refugee crises have become issues of both national and worldwide debate.
Danh Vo was born in Vietnam in 1975; he lives and works in Berlin, Germany, and Mexico City.
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