December 8, 2013
"V is for Vulcan."
Most of you know that I spend a lot of time in Birmingham, AL. Vulcan is one of the cherished landmarks there in the city atop a tall hill near the 5 Points area of the city.
This shot was taken late one afternoon a few weeks ago. I had my point and shoot camera with me, but the battery died after the first shot, so this is an iPhone shot.
According to the visitvulcan.com web site: In Greek mythology, Vulcan's name is Hephaestus. His father was Jupiter, the supreme ruler of the universe, and his mother Juno. Unlike the other gods and goddesses, who were perfectly beautiful, Vulcan was ugly and lame. He was thrown from Mt. Olympus, the home of the gods.
Birmingham was founded in 1871. The area where the city grew is very special because it contains coal, iron ore and limestone, the raw materials for making iron and steel. By 1900, Birmingham was called the "Magic City" becuse it grew so quickly. The city's leaders wanted to advertise Birmingham and the state of Alabama to the world by entering an exhibit in the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904. They hired Giuseppe Moretti, and Italian immigrant to create Birmingham's Vulcan. The statue is cast in iron in 21 pieces. The statue of Vulcan with his dark, burnished, metallic finish was dedicated on June 7, 1904 in the Palace of Mines and Metallurgy at the World's Fair.
Vulcan stands with his anvil at his left side, and in his left hand he holds his hammer. His right hand is held high in the air admiring a spear he had just finished making in his forge. The statue won the Grand Prize at the World's Fair.
After the World's Fair ended in 1905, Vulcan ws taken apart and brought by train back to Birmingham.
There much more interesting information about the long life and several locations and iterations of Vulcan, and how he got to where he stands today. If you have time, please visit the web site, or better yet - when in Birmingham, stop by his home and tour the museum. It's very interesting.
Have a fantastic Sunday my friends!
December 8, 2013