Other AR experiences baked into the app include a time-lapse mode that shows how the statue's copper patina developed over time, and a view of the statue and the surrounding skyline from its torch. That last view is a particularly valuable one -- the original, publicly accessible torch was damaged by debris after German saboteurs blew up a munitions depot in Jersey City, NJ to hinder US support for its allies during World War I. As a result, the last time that a visitor actually saw the statue, New York and New Jersey from all the way up there was in 1916.
For now, the augmented reality fun ends there -- you can't go to Liberty Island and point your phone at the statue to gain any new insights. That's not to say you'll never be able to, though: the app's developer, Yap Studios, hasn't ruled out adding new, on-island AR experiences down the road.
Regardless, there are a few extra flourishes to take advantage of If you make the trek to Liberty Island with the app in tow. Once you arrive, the app will recognize that you've come to meet the statue in person and offer a map and a guided audio tour. And for the seriously curious, the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation has also commissioned a podcast series you can dig into inside the app that delves into the monument's history, symbolism and lasting impact.