Once in America, the statue was warehoused for several months awaiting the completion of the pedestal.
In the Spring of 1886, assembly atop the pedestal began. In 1984, during her most extensive restoration to date, it was discovered that the workmen who originally assembled her had installed the head incorrectly. The head was two feet off center. They had merely used an ice pick to punch ragged holes in the copper sheathing to run the bolts through. This was corrected during the restoration.
The Statue of Liberty was finally dedicated ten years after her expected due date, on July 4th 1886.
She immediately began to take on her familiar verdigris patina as the copper sheathing oxidized. This patina actually protects the metal beneath. This colorized photo shows what she looked like immediately after construction.