Have you met the Iron Man?
Trip Start Sep 04, 2010
49Trip End Sep 30, 2010
Truth is, everyone loves the Vulcan, and paying a visit to the big statue on top of Red Mountain is one of my first memories as a child. I took my own children there when they were growing up, and today, it's time to show my grandson around.
Here are the basic facts: Vulcan is the largest cast-iron statue in the world, and the second tallest statue in America He is 56-feet tall and weights 60 tons. He was made, originally, to symbolize the spirit of the "Magic City" at the St Louis Exposition of 1904, because Birmingham at the time was a major industrial center, and a leading producer of raw iron.
The story of his "life" is a fascinating one, from the idea in the businessmen's head, to the design and creation by Italian sculptor Giuseppi Moretti, to his appearance at the St Louis fair, to his abandonment for a number of years, before his final resplendent resting place atop a pedestal on Red Mountain.
School children regularly make field trips to Vulcan, to learn the history of their community, to learn the history of the steel industry, it's a thing of pride. Families wander through on weekends, browsing the "old company store" or posing for pictures beside the indoor replica of Vulcan's foot. He's BIG!
I could go on and on, but let's just look around.