You can visit the Statue of Vulcan who looks over the entire city of Birmingham, Alabama ...you can pay a $5 fee and go up in the elevator (lift) to a platform that will take you all around Vulcan's plinth and a chance to take gorgeous photos of the city and beautiful Alabama ...we didn't go up today as we have been up before..it was a very hot day so we decided not to ...
Vulcan was in bad repair and was taken down in 2001 to be beautifully renovated to what you see in the photo's above
The Vulcan Crisis as Vulcan's cast iron skin absorbed the summer heat, new cracks continued to form. Some of these cracks began to propagate to the point where pieces of the statue began to spall, or fall away, from the statue. This alarmed City officials who elected to close Vulcan Park to the public in March of 1999.
The first step in the restoration process was the removal of the old paint coatings. Since the old coatings contained lead, the removal process required the use of a masonry based coating called Pretox which was applied over the paint surfaces. When the old and new coatings were removed the resulting waste was rendered inert by the Pretox.
After cleaning the components were coated with a zinc thermal spray process. This process involved the application of molten zinc with forced air. An epoxy primer was then applied to the interior of the castings.
Crack repairs were accomplished by reinforcing the interior of the castings with stainless steel plates attached with thru bolts. The crack was then v-notched and welded on the outside with nickel rod. In many cases the cracks were so severe, a new iron casting had to be inserted.
Several new cast components were created for Vulcan in addition to the repair pieces. Robinson patternmakers created patterns for the spear, hammer and a cap for the head. These patterns were used to make sand molds into which molten iron was poured in the foundry
i enjoyed showing him to you