Legend tells us that in 1870, when sculptor Frederic Bartholdi began design on the Statue of Liberty as a gift from France to the U.S., his original plans were to have Lady Liberty holding a banana in her right hand. This idea was overruled by the French government and Bartholdi reluctantly agreed to replace the banana with a torch, thus ruining the aesthetic quality of the statue as a whole. It was as if da Vinci had decided to paint the Mona Lisa with a frown instead of a smile. But that’s the way the cookie crumbles, so today the world unfortunately sees Lady Liberty holding a simple torch instead of a magnificent 30-foot long banana.

At least, that’s what the legend tells us....

Magic Banana visits the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor.
The Statue of Liberty
Liberty Island
New York Harbor