Her Right Foot

The Statue of Liberty is an American icon; we all recognise her torch, crown and book. But have you ever noticed her foot, particularly her right foot? This is a clever, funny and interesting take on how the Statue of Liberty was first designed and built in France, and then how she came to arrive at her home in New York.

Facts about the Statue are delivered with witty remarks and curious rhetorical questions. Eggers explains the symbolism of the Statue, but then asks us to consider why the Statue is not portrayed standing solid on two feet, but instead has her right foot behind her pushing off.

Harris’s retro cartoon illustrations add to the classic American feel. Diverse characters are shown taking in the majesty of the statue, and all guessing why she is walking and where is she is heading to in New York. Harris’s art conjures imagined scenes of the Statue in Soho, New Jersey and the West Village, where residents watch, bemused.

Eggers asks us why the chains at her ankles are broken. He presents his theory; in a time when immigration and human migration is sometimes a divisive subject, he points out that the Statue has done as she has always done, she is more than a symbol of freedom, she is a welcome, and she is fulfilling her role. Her position means that she is moving to meet the immigrants at sea, so she can never stand still. An extraordinary book of hope.