Football season is upon us.
But that’s not really the point of today’s post. In fact, today’s #FridayPhoto highlights one of Birmingham’s public treasures and most familiar pieces of art.
This sculpture, commissioned by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to honor Fred Sington (a.ka., “Mr. Birmingham”), can be found on the corner of 5th Avenue North and 20th Street. Local artist Brad Morton completed the work in 1999.
(Here’s where football comes in.)
Sington was one of the University of Alabama’s greatest football players. He also went on to play professional baseball and later opened Sington Sporting Goods here in the Magic City. Sington was known throughout Jones Valley as “Mr. Birmingham”, a nickname cast for all his philanthropic efforts within the city. This sculpture honored Sington’s “Legacy of Leadership” award.
Hope you learned something new today! Head on down Birmingham Green and check it out for yourself.
And all I have left to say is…
Rooooooll Tide, Roll!