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Statue of Liberty Museum Premieres EarthCam Time-Lapse Movie

Celebrate the Opening of the New Museum with Exclusive Construction Footage


New York, May 14, 2019 -- Lady Liberty continues her great legacy as the new Statue of Liberty Museum officially opens to the public on May 16. To celebrate the momentous occasion, EarthCam is sharing its new 4K construction time-lapse movie highlighting progress for the new museum on Liberty Island in New York City from groundbreaking to completion.

EarthCam and The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation partnered to document and time-lapse the historic development. From October 2016 to May 2019, viewers were invited to join the construction journey with ultra-high resolution imagery from EarthCam’s GigapixelCam construction camera solution, available via a public web page. For nearly 3 years, the robotic camera scanned the entire jobsite capturing hundreds of thousands of photographs, and automatically reassembled them on EarthCam’s servers to create billion-pixel panoramas for museum-quality archival record. EarthCam cameras also captured a historic moment, as teams tackled the delicate and intricate task of disassembling the statue’s original torch and moving it to its new home at the museum. The first of its kind, EarthCam’s new MegapixelCam 8K time-lapse and 360° reality capture system documented the reassembly of the torch inside the new exhibit space.

“We are so pleased that what was a monumental project for us—our first design and construction of a building on Liberty Island—has been captured on video,” said Stephen A. Briganti, CEO and President of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. “Most of our projects preserve historical monuments, buildings and documents, and EarthCam’s time-lapse will now become part of those archives.”

EarthCam donated its webcam technology and services to document the entire 31-month process, including its portable solar-powered TrailerCam system and 360° VR photography documentation. EarthCam’s award-winning production studio curated the images into a hand-edited 3 minute time-lapse movie, showcasing construction for the beautiful new landmark museum.

“We’re proud to continue our long-standing partnership with The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation to document this fascinating museum and symbol of worldwide heritage,” said Brian Cury, CEO and Founder of EarthCam. “Preserving the moment when the island welcomed the most significant addition in 134 years, and the important educational value the museum will certainly bring to its visitors, is extremely rewarding for our organization.”

Witness history in the making with EarthCam’s new 4K construction time-lapse movie for the Statue of Liberty Museum. Experience unique panoramic views of New York City with EarthCam’s collection of specially-engineered webcams installed on Lady Liberty’s torch balcony, including the HarborCam and exclusive “selfie” CrownCam shot.


EarthCam is the global leader in providing webcam content, technology and services. Founded in 1996, EarthCam provides live streaming video, time-lapse construction cameras and reality capture solutions for corporate and government clients. EarthCam leads the industry with the highest resolution imagery available, including the world’s first outdoor gigapixel panorama camera system. This patent-pending technology delivers superior multi-billion pixel clarity for monitoring and archiving important projects and events. EarthCam has documented over a trillion dollars of construction projects around the world. The company is headquartered on a 10-acre campus in Northern New Jersey and maintains 13 additional offices internationally.

Projects documented by EarthCam include: Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Home of Super Bowl LIII, Hudson Yards, Statue of Liberty Museum, L.A. Stadium, Las Vegas Raiders’ Stadium, Golden State Warriors’ Chase Center, LaGuardia Airport, TWA Hotel at JFK Airport, Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, 9/11 Memorial Museum, Panama Canal Expansion, Qatar Rail, The Jeddah Tower, 56 Leonard Street, 432 Park Avenue, Whitney Museum of American Art, Louvre in Abu Dhabi and Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization established in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic restoration and preservation of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. For more than 35 years the Foundation has collaborated with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior in what has become the most successful public-private partnership in U.S. history, having raised hundreds of millions of dollars. In addition to restoring the monuments, the Foundation created museums on both islands, The American Immigrant Wall of Honor®, the American Family Immigration History Center® and The Peopling of America Center®, which in 2015 transformed the museum on Ellis Island into the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. Most recently, the Foundation oversaw the fundraising and construction of the new Statue of Liberty Museum, which opened May 16, 2019. The organization’s endowment has funded over 200 projects that support these national treasures.


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