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位於聖路易斯的世界博覽會上的火神 1904

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世上最大的鐵鑄雕塑火神像 (Vulcan) ,

你可能認為所謂的超級英雄是指像鋼一般的男人,但是你知道鐵人嗎?你曾經聽過Vulcan嗎? 他是一座比一棟五層樓的建築物還高,有56英尺高的鐵鑄羅馬火神像。

為了聖路易斯的世界博覽會 (
St. Louis World's Fair) ,火神像於1904年雕 塑完成。由阿拉巴馬州的伯明罕商業俱樂部 (The Commercial Club of Birmingham, Alabama) 授權雕塑此一雕像,好用來象徵 該州在鐵製造業中的領導地位。火神像不但是世上最大的鐵鑄雕像,而且它是美國第二大雕像-僅次於由銅和鋼做成的自由女神像。

曾陳列於世界 博覽會的礦物及冶金殿內 (Palace of Mines and Metallurgy) 。它的腳邊則放有阿拉巴馬州的原料和成品。他的右手握有一隻矛頭,而他的左手則緊抓一支與鐵砧相連的鎚。當 博覽會結束後,火神像被拆開來以便送回伯明罕。但重組時,卻有一隻手臂未 被正確安裝!加上之後數年的疏於照顧,火神像其中一隻拇指已經生銹而且脫落。感謝最近的修 復,現在火神像又能再次驕傲地站在紅山 (Red Mountain) 上

You might think a superhero is a man of steel but do you know a man of iron? Have you ever heard of Vulcan? Taller than a five-story building, he is a 56-foot cast iron statue of the Roman god of fire.

Vulcan was sculptured in 1904 for an exhibit at the St. Louis World's Fair. The Commercial Club of Birmingham, Alabama, commissioned the statue to symbolize the state's leadership in the production of iron. Not only is Vulcan the largest cast iron statue in the world, but it is also the second largest statue in America -- only the Statue of Liberty, made of copper and steel, is bigger.

Vulcan was exhibited at the Palace of Mines and Metallurgy at the World's Fair. At Vulcan's feet were exhibits of Alabama's raw materials and the products made from them. In his right hand he held a spear point, while his left hand gripped a hammer resting on an anvil. When the fair was over, Vulcan was taken apart and transported back to Birmingham, but when it was put back together the arms were installed incorrectly! And, after years of neglect, one of the thumbs rusted and fell off. Now, thanks to recent repairs, Vulcan once again stands proudly on Red Mountain.

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