World's Largest Gavel
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,380 contributions
Jan 2023
The fact that it is described as "The World's Largest Gavel" only assures that you have to see it to believe it. Located at 65 South Front Street, in the south reflecting pool at the Ohio Judicial Center, home to the Supreme Court of Ohio, in the downtown Civic Center in Columbus, Ohio, this 2008 sculpture by Andrew F. Scott, depicting a gavel, a mallet used by judges to maintain order in a courtroom and to punctuate rulings, depicting the authority that the judiciary has over decision-making. The stainless steel sculpture, which is 12 feet by 15 feet by 30 feet, is one of about 170 works of art at the Ohio Judicial Center and is the largest and most expensive of all, with a cost of $200,000. Scott is a Ohio State University graduate and professor of foundation studies at the Savannah College of Art & Design.
Written January 30, 2023
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99cooks111
Hershey, PA774 contributions
Feb 2020
It was a chilly but clear day when we went to the Supreme Court building and we visited the park, We saw the gavel on our way to the Court and again after. It was wonderful at first, humbling after the Court House. Well, worth going.
Written February 23, 2020
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where2nextbabe
Troy, MO586 contributions
Aug 2022
We were on a road trip and stopped here and at the Arnold Schwarzenegger statue to break up the time. There was some street parking available in front of the gavel when we visited. We snapped a few photos and enjoyed the water sounds for a few. Not a must see, but why not if you're close by?? It's free!
Written August 20, 2022
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Michael P
Mason, OH268 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
Ok, so this isn’t a huge attraction, but it is a huge gravel. One of what I refer to as The Oddities of Columbus. If you’re in downtown area, stop by for a look and a few pics. There is metered street parking near by.
Written April 3, 2021
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Isabel C
Marysville, OH1 contribution
Jul 2014 • Friends
I am unsure why this stunning attraction has an average rating of only three stars...what an injustice both to this majestic gavel and to the American legal system as an institution. This gavel represents the "JUSTICE FOR ALL" that is mentioned in our pledge of allegiance, the YEARNING for justice that resounds in the heart of each and every American, the DEDICATION to justice displayed each and every weekday from 9 to 5 (and other times if they work overtime) by the legal professionals of this great and beautiful nation. I have given this gavel a five-star rating not just for its impressive size nor its shining silver finish, but for the hope and pride it should inspire in any TRUE American who gazes upon it. (Not that I am calling the other reviewers communists, but they clearly do not understand...)
Written July 21, 2014
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TatooshRange
81 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
Whoever built this clearly didn't think things through, because you really can't lift it up and use it. More like "world's largest inoperable gavel". A lifechanging experience nontheless.
Written October 12, 2014
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Tiffany A
Opp, AL1,830 contributions
Jun 2013 • Family
...to be the worlds' largest. How big is the 2nd-biggest? Surely not even close. So if you have the opportunity, drive or walk by it! I don't think anyone will make a bigger one, so you'll have this marked off of your bucket list permanently. On the weekend, it's probably possible to park in front of it and get out for a quick pic. We weren't in the mood to try in the late afternoon traffic the day we 'bagged this one' by driving by.
Written March 25, 2014
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NMUultimate
1 contribution
Feb 2015
Visiting the world's largest gavel during the winter time has been eye opening. The gavel is a masterpiece of metal and the base around it is the slipperiest surface known to man. Attempting to take a picture with the gavel is a life & death decision, but we saw it as worthwhile. Do not be alarmed though! The guardian of the gavel over watches from the adjacent building the entire time and forces you off before things get too out of I hand.
Written February 28, 2015
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EV
Columbus, OH35 contributions
It was exactly what I expected. It was a large gavel. It is in the middle of a water fountain which is nice. Right behind it is the scioto mile which is something else to check out. You can sit and swing and enjoy the city.
Written June 23, 2014
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Fibelmail
Columbus, Ohio, United States11 contributions
Aug 2013
It would only makes sense to have a gavel outside of the Justice building. The gavel itself is fairly plain but the fact that it's made out of a high polished silver and with the sunlight and the surrounding pool it gives a very peaceful and tranquil place to eat lunch or enjoy the view of the Scioto river
Written August 18, 2013
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