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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have you seen any of the roadside attractions in Columbus?