And as she towers 305 feet above Ellis Island, what's Lady Liberty wearing? Copper - 60,000 pounds of it.
Clearly, copper's big in art. It's also a key metal that keeps the world economy humming. Copper consumption has grown at an average annual rate of 4% since 1900. China and India - which some analysts describe as the combined market of "Chindia" - where one of every three human beings resides, needs loads of this element to meet its modernization requirements for electricity and infrastructure.
Copper is also used in today's currency, where most U.S. coins are actually 92% copper, and 8% nickel.
But there's no denying that, given the choice, nearly everyone prefers gold. It's valuable, it's seductive and it's mystical.
Ancient kings fought wars to amass it. Yet, for thousands of years, its most enduring role has arguably been in the form of money - as a store of value.
That's because fiat-paper-currency experiments have never lasted, and always ended badly.
Increasingly, followers of the Austrian School of Economics are nostalgic for gold to regain its former glory, perhaps "backing" a new international currency.
But despite gold's much longer history as true money, some believe that copper - the much humbler metal - could be positioning itself to upstage gold.