Thursday, April 1, 2010

Visiting Vulcan

After the obligatory pictures in front of the house on Saturday morning, we started the day with a visit to an exhibit of the latest work by extraordinary local artist Arthur Price. He and his wife were even there. My next door neighbor has a canvas he did for her. I was extremely jealous when I helped her hang it over her bed.

Our next stop was downtown Homewood again. We had in no way hit all the shops the day before. After lunch at O'Carr's, we headed off to pick up where we had left off and we closed down the street by the end of the afternoon.

On the way back to my side of town we made a stop at Vulcan Park.

The 50-ton statue of Vulcan, the Roman god of the forge, atop Red Mountain is the largest cast iron statue in the world. It was built for the 1904 World's Fair. You can visit this link for more detailed info.

When I first moved to Birmingham, he came down from his perch overlooking the city for a rest and some badly needed repairs. But he has been back at his station for some years now and looking better than ever.

This is the view of downtown from the base of Vulcan.

Avert your eyes!

Showing off his best side!

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