Replica statue of Vulcan coming to Homewood before The World Games

Vulcan, The Pizitz
Vulcan, The Pizitz. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Everyone loves a parade — especially when it is led by our community’s most recognizable symbol — Vulcan.

Earlier this week, the Homewood City Council voted to pay Vulcans on Parade to add a replica of Vulcan at Patriot Park to commemorate The World Games.

“With the World Games fast approaching, Homewood is excited to welcome thousands of visitors into our community, and surrounding areas,” Homewood Mayor Patrick McClusky wrote in a statement to Bham Now. “Vulcan is a Birmingham icon, and Homewood has always had the pleasure of looking directly at his….um….backside from our beautiful downtown district.”

Vulcan, Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Vulcan, Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

“We are excited to sponsor our own statue through the Vulcan on Parade event to show residents and visitors that we continue to support and work with Birmingham in making our entire area one of the most sought-after destinations in all of Alabama. I’m anxiously waiting to see the personal touch that Homewood will put on our Vulcan statue, and it will be exciting to unveil the finished product when the time comes!!”

What Are Vulcans On Parade

Vulcan, BJCC
Vulcan, BJCC. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

A project of the Vulcan Park and Museum Junior Board, Vulcans on Parade was launched as a  community art project in August 2015. 

Today, there are thirteen (13) miniature replicas of Vulcan. Each statue is an individually painted fiberglass replica of  the Vulcan statue. Host sites work with local artists to give each replica a theme that fits the location.

Want to see the Vulcans On Parade?  Here is where they can be seen:

Vulcan, Redmont Distilling Co
Vulcan. Photo via Redmont Distilling Co’s Facebook

According to the Homewood Star, a local resident is also sponsoring a statue to go in Homewood’s Central Park.

Want to learn more about Vulcan? Tour the Vulcan Park & Museum. And check out a new Alabama Short Stories podcast about the “Big Guy” by Homewood resident Shawn Wright.

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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