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The cast-iron statue of Vulcan, a mythological symbol of fire and forge, overlooks Birmingham from Red Mountain in Vulcan Park. At 56 feet high, it is the largest cast-iron statue in the world and the second largest statue in America. Commissioned by the Commercial Club for the St. Louis Exposition of 1904, sculpted by Italian sculptor Giuseppe Moretti, and cast in a Birmingham foundry, Vulcan symbolizes the city's ties to iron, steel, and coal. After a four-year restoration project, Vulcan reopened in 2004.

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