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Vandals are starting to mess with Vulcan… what gives?

Looking up at Vulcan

UPDATE: Click on the images below to see exactly where the damage has occured on the signs.

Vulcan. I affectionately refer to him here as “The Big Guy atop Red Mountain.” It is hard to think of any modern event covered in Birmingham, Alabama without thinking of the money shot many refuse to leave without, that of the god of fire and forging as he overlooks Jones Valley. The scary thing is, recently there have been bad things going on at the base of the statue.

Interpretive sign at Vulcan Park tagged

Another interpretive sign at Vulcan Park vandalized

Considering the fact that I did not see this tagging going on during the holiday season, I can only assume that it’s occurred in past couple of weeks. These interpretive signs that describe the view from the park overlook are not the only victims of area vandals. Picnic tables that are located throughout Vulcan’s current home (he moved there in 1936 and it was recently restored, the project completed in 2004) have also been “tagged” by some that probably don’t care about the significance of the world’s largest cast iron statue.

A common theme at Friday’s state of the region luncheon was “as goes [insert name of city here], goes the region.” Perhaps as we prepare to hold our elected officials accountable for the image of our city, perhaps we need to hold each other accountable for the image as well. At what point does it become your problem? Hopefully sooner rather than later. Especially as The Big Guy gets renewed national interest and in so doing, so does Birmingham, Alabama and the rest of the region.

Let me know what you think?

Cheers.

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8 comments
Mark Parker
Mark Parker

Why am I not surprised? I must say, however, the Vulcan Park restoration is spectacular. I'm sure they'll clean it up.

Mark Parker
www.MarksBrides.com

Mark Parker
Mark Parker

Why am I not surprised? I must say, however, the Vulcan Park restoration is spectacular. I'm sure they'll clean it up.

Mark Parker
www.MarksBrides.com

Shadowhelm
Shadowhelm

It seems to me that tagging has been picking up in town lately. I don't know this for sure, but it just seems like I am seeing more of it. I guess that is one reason why I started taking pictures of some of what I have found.

I certainly hope it does not get any worse.

Shadowhelm
Shadowhelm

It seems to me that tagging has been picking up in town lately. I don't know this for sure, but it just seems like I am seeing more of it. I guess that is one reason why I started taking pictures of some of what I have found.

I certainly hope it does not get any worse.

Jennifer
Jennifer

Maybe we could install a system at Vulcan Park that causes little electric shocks to anyone coming near taggable surfaces at night.
Or maybe we could install a big blank wall designated for graffiti and display it as art. It could be accompanied with a sign that says we welcome the art, but please observe the appropriate places to create it. Perhaps there could even be contests and the walls could be renewed ever so often.

Jennifer
Jennifer

Maybe we could install a system at Vulcan Park that causes little electric shocks to anyone coming near taggable surfaces at night.
Or maybe we could install a big blank wall designated for graffiti and display it as art. It could be accompanied with a sign that says we welcome the art, but please observe the appropriate places to create it. Perhaps there could even be contests and the walls could be renewed ever so often.