OOS Sculpture

Merchant Ball

1896 / Creator Unknown / Marion

Merchant Ball Close Up View

The grave marker of C. B. Merchant (possibly Charles or Christian Benner depending on your source). The marker is a giant granite ball on top of a stone plinth. The Merchant Ball is famous for mysteriously rotating off its base despite attempts to prevent it from doing so. A circular rough patch on the ball shows where it was originally situated on top of the base.

Located in northwest corner of Marion Cemetery.

Location: Marion Cemetery, 620 Delaware Ave

County

: Marion

Citation

: “Merchant Ball,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture , accessed May 12, 2021, https://oos.sculpturecenter.org/index.php/items/show/1832.

Dublin Core

Title

Merchant Ball

Description

The grave marker of C. B. Merchant (possibly Charles or Christian Benner depending on your source). The marker is a giant granite ball on top of a stone plinth. The Merchant Ball is famous for mysteriously rotating off its base despite attempts to prevent it from doing so. A circular rough patch on the ball shows where it was originally situated on top of the base.

Located in northwest corner of Marion Cemetery.

Date

1896

Source

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/merchant-ball
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/97217214/christian-benner-merchant
http://www.genealogybug.net/ohio_alhn/postcards/marion/marion_ball.htm

Publisher

Contributor

Identifier

1832

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Location County

Location Site

Location Street

620 Delaware Ave

Location Type

Installation Date

1896

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