Sunday, July 5, 2015

Five Points South

Rolling on an Adventure...

Five Points South, Birmingham is famous for the food, but this bizarre fountain is pretty cool too. This controversial fountain in Birmingham's south side is called "Five Points Fountain" by some, "Storyteller Fountain" by others, but many local church-goers just call this landmark, "The Satanic Fountain."

From the site: The centerpiece of this fountain is a man-figure with the head of a ram. From a nondescript book, he reads to a group of entranced woodland animals as streams of water swirl around their midst. This fountain, created by local artist Frank Fleming, is located in Five Points South, the heart of Birmingham's club district. To the casual observer, the sculptures might appear whimsical, but it's unveiling certainly stirred by a hornet's nest in the belt buckle of the Bible Belt.

An inscription on the fountain reads:
"The Storyteller"
Frank Fleming, artist
Collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art
Storytelling is a deeply rooted southern heritage. The animals are listening to a story intended to convey the idea of a peaceable kingdom.

We made photos.
Naynuh, Sister, Big E, No. 1 Son
Probably not supposed to be standing IN the actual fountain....

If you obey all of the rules, you miss all of the fun. ~Katherine Hepburn

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