The Statue of Liberty – Mystery of the copper source

There has been a rumor at Karmøy in Norway that the copper in the Statue of Liberty – 80 tons of it – came from the Visnes mine on this island, located on the West coast of Norway. Photos courtesy of Steinar Hybertsen

There has been a rumor at Karmøy in Norway that the copper in the Statue of Liberty – 80 tons of it – came from the Visnes mine on this island, located on the West coast of Norway. Photos courtesy of Steinar Hybertsen

Screening of the documentary “The Statue of Liberty – Mystery of the copper source”

The Norwegian Seamen’s Church

317 East 52nd Street (Between 1. and 2. Ave), New York, NY 10022

(212)319-0370, www.kjerka.com

May 27, 2010 at 7 p.m.

Free admission, donations appreciated

About the film

There has been a rumor at Karmøy in Norway that the copper in the Statue of Liberty – 80 tons of it – came from the Visnes mine on this island, located on the West coast of Norway.

“The Statue of Liberty – Mystery of the copper source” tells the story of the rumors – and is there any evidence that the rumors are true?

A French company owned the copper mine at Visnes in the late 1800s. The copper from this mine had the quality requested by the artist Bartholdi. At the time Norway supplied 10 percent of the world’s copper market. It was also easy access to Belgium where the smelting was done before delivery to Bartholdi’s workshop in Paris. The documentary shows pictures from the old mine in the 1870s, and how this little place on the West coast of Norway was far advanced in its mining technology, at a time when Norway still was not part of the industrial revolution that had swept through Europe 50 years earlier. There was an analysis made by Bell Laboratories in 1986 and their findings are presented in the documentary. Hans Lund Andersen, the leading Norwegian historian on the subject, is interviewed along with Bell Laboratories Tom Graedel and the French expert Jean-Marie Welter.

About the producer

Steinar Hybertsen moved to America from Hønefoss, Norway in 1973 with a skiing scholarship in his pocket. He was a three-time national cross-country champion for the University of Wyoming, where he received a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. He received a Masters degree in International Marketing in Phoenix in 1979. Today, Hybertsen is a renowned Norwegian-American film producer. During the last 17 years his company, Shybert Productions, has produced several one-of-a-kind documentaries about Norwegian-Americans. He resides in Edwards, Colorado.

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