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The World’s Largest Gavel

The World's Largest Gavel in Columbus, Ohio near the Scioto Mile

If you’re a fan of roadside attractions and fun, quirky stops, you must add the World’s Largest Gavel to your list of things to see and do in Columbus, Ohio.

world's largest gavel

Built in 2008, this large stainless steel sculpture claims to be the World’s Largest Gavel and so far, no one disputes it. In fact, I searched and didn’t find anything similar.

world's largest gavel

Located near the Scioto Mile along the scenic Scioto River in downtown Columbus, you’ll find this 30-foot-long by 13-foot-high art installation along Front Street at the Ohio Judicial Center the perfect spot for a fun photo opp.

world's largest gavel

This piece was commissioned and paid for by the Ohio State Bar Association and rests in a reflecting pool in the shadow of the Ohio Supreme Court building. Visitors will find a park-like setting ideal to sit and relax as you take in the sight of the 17,000-pound gleaming structure by artist Andrew Scott.

world's largest gavel
I’ve made it a point to stop at dozens of roadside attractions over the years so of course I enjoyed the stop. If you’re planning a drive by photo, you’ll be disappointed. Located at 65 Front Street, a fairly busy street, you really are better off finding a parking spot and approaching on foot. If you’re not a fan of large art installations or offbeat attractions, you may not be as impressed as I was.

world's largest gavel

While you’re at the gavel, take a walk through downtown Columbus. You’ll find the Statehouse a block away as well as other buildings with gorgeous architecture.

world's largest gavel

Before leaving the area completely, stop at The Topiary Park, also in Downtown Columbus and if you have time, drive to Dublin (a Columbus suburb) to see Leatherlips, the Field of Corn or the Dancing Hares.

world's largest gavel

Have you seen any of the roadside attractions in Columbus? 

melody pittman

Saturday 20th of August 2016

Columbus used to be my old stomping grounds but this certainly wasn't there back in my day. Now the world's largest ball of yard has competition! ;)

Vicky and Buddy

Friday 19th of August 2016

I love cool places like this! It makes it so fun to tell friends that you've seen such random things like this.


Friday 19th of August 2016

This is great! I love quirky roadtrip stops. I'll have to add this one to the list.

Heather Cole

Friday 19th of August 2016

Wow, never seen a gavel that big before, what a unique and quirky piece of art!


Wednesday 17th of August 2016

defo very cool for a photo shoot ! Protection Status
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