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Perigot Bag Contest: Who gave Lady Liberty her structure?

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You must visit the "other Lady" in Paris. Photos by Theadora Brack.
You must visit the "other Lady" in Paris. Photos by Theadora Brack.

Yes, Cheapos, the Statue of Liberty is back and looking ever so fierce in her spiky nimbus (or halo—after all, it’s not a crown!) and her matching floor length chiton robe in all its coppery green tonalities. It’s an exquisite nod to the style of classical Greece, I must say. Pinching from Christian Dior, “Darling, your toile with the cinched waist is perfect!”

As a salute to the July 4, 2009 re-opening of the crown of Frédéric Bartholdi’s “Lady Liberty” statue in New York harbor, and the upcoming July 14th Bastille Day in France, we’re giving away a “Teddy” market sac in royal purple created by Frédéric Périgot of Paris.

"Teddy" market sacs by Perigot at the Carrousel du Louvre.

“Teddy” market sacs by Perigot at the Carrousel du Louvre.

The first Cheapo to answer our question correctly wins the prize. Just leave your answer in the comments box below.

Here’s the big question:

Bartholdi was the artist, but who was the structural engineer of the Union Franco-Americaine Statue of Liberty project?

Leave your answers (and your emails!) in the comments section below to win!

Speaking of Franco-American gifts…

Périgot is the official supplier of feather dusters and other cleaning implements to the Palais de l’ Elysées (the French presidential palace) on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. What could be hipper or sexier than tidying up the pad with black ostrich feathers? “Nothing but the best,” as torch singing French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy said when Michelle Obama recently presented her with a Swank acoustic guitar in turn.

While in Paris

Check out the prototypes of Lady Liberty. You can find them on the Île des Cygnes, in the Jardin du Luxembourg, and at the Musée des Arts et Métiers. And you can find a full-sized version of the torch at the entrance to the Pont de l’Alma tunnel. Nowadays, it serves double duty as the unofficial Princess Di memorial.

Bon Chance!

About the author

Theadora Brack

About the author: Theadora Brack is a writer working in Paris. Her fiction has appeared in more than 30 literary publications, including 3AM International, The Smoking Poet, Beloit Fiction Journal, Mid-American Review, and the Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal.

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9 Responses to “Perigot Bag Contest: Who gave Lady Liberty her structure?”

Holly says:

Eiffel?

Thaddaeus says:

Alexandre Eiffel, of course!

Joan Pickard says:

Eiffel of the tower.

ARte says:

It was Maurice Koechlin! (who was engineer also for the Eiffel Tower)

Love these contests!

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Reggie Koranteng says:

Maurice Koechlin

Reggie Koranteng says:

Gustave Eiffel

Martin Laughlin says:

Dang, I found out about this contest too late, ’cause I think the others probably already guessed it. But Perigot is great stuff–bravo to you guys for setting this up. I got my father one of their feather dusters for dusting his glass collection. If it’s good enough for the Louvre . . . !

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