Statue: iron, painted rust red; Base: sandstone, marble, and cement
Administered by City of Birmingham Parks & Recreation 400 Graymont Avenue Birmingham Alabama 35204
Located Vulcan Park On top of Red Mountain Birmingham Alabama
Commissioned Nov. 24, 1903. Cast March-May 1904. Dedicated June 7, 1904. Relocated late 1930s
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Alabama survey, 1993.
Index of American Sculpture, University of Delaware, 1985.
Thompson, George Clinton, "Vulcan: Birmingham's Man of Iron," in Alabama Heritage, Spring 1991, pg. 2-33.
Morris, Philip A., "Vulcan & His Times," Birmingham Historical Society, 1995.
SOS Assessment Award, 1999.
SOS Conservation Treatment Award, 2000.
Image on file.
Chicago Tribune, Feb. 14, 1904.
Louisiana Purchase International Exhibition, St. Louis, 1904.
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Full-length standing mythological figure of the Vulcan, Roman god of the forge. He is depicted as a smithy, wearing a forger's apron and Roman-style laced sandals. He is bearded and looks up at a torch he bears in his proper right hand. In his proper left hand, he holds a hammer that rests on an anvil. The statue stands atop a tall pedestal that includes an elevator and observation tower.