Vulcan Statue in Birmingham, Alabama



This 56-foot tall Vulcan statue has been "greeting" people in Birmingham, Alabama, for more than 100 years. It is the largest cast iron statue in the world and the largest metal statue ever made in the U.S.

Vulcan used to hold a torch in his hand as part of a traffic safety campaign. The torch would turn from green to red if there were traffic fatalities in Birmingham.

That's right, folks, he has no pants. There was even a novelty song called "Moon Over Homewood" written in 1981 that refers to the backside of Mr. Vulcan "mooning" the neighboring suburb of Homewood, Alabama.

In 1999, Vulcan was taken down for repairs that took five years. Vulcan returned back to his 124-foot tall pedestal in 2004 and was slightly tilted to give the people of Homewood a little break from seeing his bottom everyday.

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ZJ said...

Interesting! But why no pants? *lol*

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Elizabeth Bonds said...

That is hilarious! I was thinking out loud when I first saw this picture, "That is some butt," and then I read on. hehe

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lisaschaos said...

How funny! Interesting view :) Is there a reason he's pantless?

Sassy (The Sassy Southerner) said...

OH I have seen this before on our trips to the Zoo. I have never gotten that close to it before though. LOL. Happy WW!!

Kaye said...

Anne George's books mention Vulcan a lot. If you have never read her cozies, you are missing some great humor. She writes the Southern Sisters series. A few titles I can remember, Murder on a Bad Hair Day, Murder boogies with Elvis. The series is set in Birmingham.

Anonymous said...

Yes, there is a reason he is pantless. Valcun was the Roman God of fire. Here he is depicted as a metal worker (or blacksmith). He works over a VERY HOT bed of coals. It was common practice for the metal worker to wear a leather apron in front and not wear pants because of the heat. See Blacksmith.

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I agree with Kaye------I am on my next to last of the Southern Sister Series----and they keep mentioning Vulcan and his butt, so I Google it and got your blog. I would recommend this series to your readers,with their cup of tea. Be sure to read the series in order and you will feel like you have friends in Birmingham.

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