Virginia Beach, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
From the earliest of time humans have been awed by the power of the sea. Early civilizations declared it the domain of a major mythological deity the god of the sea! To the Greeks Poseidon…To the Romans Neptune.
The statue was cast in bronze by the traditional old lost wax process in Ningbo, China.
Height: 34 ft • Heads: 6 ½ ft • Shoulders: 12 ft across • Weight 12 ½ tons • Dolphins: 17 ft and 15 ft • Loggerhead Turtle: 11 ft • Octopus: 8 ft • Rocks: 100,000 lbs.
Casting process required: 88 ½ tons of bronze • 80 tons of clay • 7500 grinding and sanding disks • 25 tons of plaster • 3 ½ tons of stainless steel.
The National Search for the artist resulted in the selection of Paul DiPasquale of Richmond, VA. Neptune stands as the protector of citizen and visitor and is symbolic of the City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival which takes place annually in the month of September.
Erected 2005 by Virginia Beach Neptune Festival.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicWaterways & Vessels.
Location. 36° 51.594′ N, 75° 58.637′ W. Marker is in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Boardwalk and 31st Street on Boardwalk. The marker is located on the Virginia Beach boardwalk. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Virginia Beach VA 23451, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Neptune (within shouting distance of this marker); Cape Henry Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); First Landing Memorial Cross (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Virginia Beach Law Enforcement Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); The Threshold of a New Nation (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Graveyard of the Atlantic (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Princess Anne Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Day at the Beach (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia Beach.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 13, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 382 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 13, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.