Photo/IllutrationThe remaining section of the Statue of Liberty replica, damaged by the 2011 tsunami and revived by an art student, stands in Tokyo's Ueno Park. (Shingo Kuzutani)

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A replica Statue of Liberty, left languishing in storage after being damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, has found a new home in Tokyo thanks to an eagle-eyed art student.

The statue, missing its lower half but intact from the waist up, is on display at Ueno Park until March 2018.

It originally occupied a spot in a park in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, which was ravaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

Manaka Murakami, 24, a student at Tokyo University of the Arts’ graduate school, noticed it had disappeared on a visit to the coastal city in 2015.

Murakami, from the Miyagi prefectural capital of Sendai, discovered that the “symbol of recovery” from the disaster had been removed and put into storage the previous year.

Inspired to prevent its memory from fading any further, the art student became the new owner of the symbolic statue in 2016.

She renamed her acquisition “Jiyu na Megami” (Statue that can go anywhere). The Statue of Liberty is called "Jiyu no Megami" in Japanese.

After going on display in an exhibition at Murakami’s university, it arrived at Ueno Park in May.

“I want the statue to become a catalyst for the public to remember the disaster, making them think about why it is here and where it will be going,” said Murakami.

The statue is seeking its next destination where it can serve as a poignant reminder of the 3/11 disaster.