Copper has been used for centuries for statues, art, tools, and roofing. There are so many examples but I just want to share a couple to illustrate the longevity and durability of copper.
The first great example is the Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany. It was built in 1020 with the copper roof installed around 1280. The roof maintained it's beauty and strength until 1945 when the building was destroyed by an air raid during WWII. 665 years on a roof and I'm sure it could have lasted even longer! Today the rebuilt church has a great copper roof with a natural aged patina that will last for another century.