Vulcan Park and Museum
Originally cast in 1904, the Vulcan statue is the largest cast iron statue in the world, and is the city symbol of Birmingham, Alabama, reflecting its roots in the iron and steel industry. Standing atop Red Mountain, it is the seventh-tallest free-standing statue in the United States. It was designed by Italian artist Guiseppe Moretti, who immigrated to the United States in 1888. The museum tells visitors of the statue's and Birmingham's history. The park and the observation deck surrounding the pedestal, offer great views of the city.
Backstory and Context
The statue won the grand prize at the fair, but lost its admiration soon after it ended. The statue was eventually assembled, incorrectly (its hands were backwards), at the Alabama fairgrounds. This was meant to be a temporary arrangement but remained there for three decades. Finally, it was erected on Red Mountain in 1939. The museum and park opened around this time as well. By 1999, the statue and park grounds were in need of serious restoration. Vulcan was re-erected in 2003 and the park opened a year later.
"Vulcan's Story." Vulcan Park and Museum. Accessed September 17, 2017. http://visitvulcan.com/about/vulcans-story.