Five Points South Fountain - Birmingham, Alabama
N 33° 30.042 W 086° 47.767
16S E 518937 N 3706815
Quick Description: This controversial fountain in Birmingham's southside is called "Five Points Fountain" by some, "Storyteller Fountain" by others, but many local church-goers just call this landmark, "The Satanic Fountain."
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 9/8/2008 1:15:55 PM
Waymark Code: WM4MWG
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:
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. Fleming's deep respect for the dignity and honesty found in nature is symbolized in these figures.
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