Here, you may not only learn the history of the statue and of the city of Birmingham, but also buy tickets to visit the top of the pedestal using either the steps or elevator. I rode the glass elevator. When it opened at the top you have the choice of immediately riding it back down to the safety of the ground floor or you may behave much like the daredevil, Evel Knievel, and step out onto the grating which (I'm sure, jokingly) is referred to as a floor. Being in an elevator filled with insane people with no fear of death, I gathered my pride and stepped onto the grating, shakily making my way to the inner wall.
|Vulcan's sandstone pedestal. Note that if you can see up through the grating a visitor above sees through, as well|
|View of wooded neighborhoods around Red Mountain|
I am, a child of the Earth, not the sky.
|A nature girl tries to restore her sense of control|