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Title: To Touch the GODS...Vulcan
Post by: rockessence on March 25, 2007, 02:10:07 pm
Vulcan

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Vulcan, God of Fire and Iron

The colossal satatue of Vulcan, God of Fire and Iron, was in the Palace of Mines and Metallurgy, where it represented the great iron and fuel industries of Alabama. The figure was cast in iron from a model by G. Morelli, a New York sculptor. It was brought to St. Louis in sections, on seven freight cars, and mounted on a pedestal of coal and coke. Vulcan stood fifty feet high and weighed 100,000 pounds. It was the largest iron casting ever made, and next to "Liberty Enlightening the World," was the largest statue ever constructed. At the close of the Exposition the figure was removed to Birmingham and set up in Capital Park to remain as a permanent monument.