I did this animation as a result of attending weekly meetups of a cartooning and animation group at Makerspace 125, a STEM center located in Greenbelt, Maryland.

I did the initial drawings using pencil and paper then scanned them into the computer. I created the animation itself using a combination of Adobe Photoshop, Moho Anime Studio Debut, and iMovie.

The storyline is based on what I’ve read about the origins of the Statue of Liberty. It all started with the ancient Greek goddess Artemis, who was given the epithet “Eleutheria” (the Greek word for “liberty”) by the people of Myra in Lycia (which is located in what is now Turkey) and she was worshipped as Artemis Eleutheria.

When the Roman Empire conquered Greece, they adopted their gods and goddesses for their own while giving many of them Roman names. The Romans renamed Artemis as Diana. As for Artemis Eleutheria, the Romans decided to make her into a separate goddess and rename her as Libertas (the Latin word for—you guess it—“liberty”).

Libertas served as the inspiration for the French symbol Marianne (she’s the French equivalent of Uncle Sam).

When French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi decided to sculpt the Statue of Liberty he took inspiration from Marianne and Libertas.

As for the music used in this animation, I used the national anthems of Greece, Italy, France, and the United States. The recordings are either in the public domain or they were licensed under the Creative Commons. I got the recordings from the Public Domain Archive’s YouTube Channel, Wikimedia Commons, the Internet Archive, and the Free Music Archive.

This animation was shown on an outdoor stage at Light City 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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The March of Liberty