Watch House and Circle Mound – Dublin, Ohio - Atlas Obscura

Watch House and Circle Mound

Dublin, Ohio

This sculpture is a cross between an observatory and an earth mound to honor the community's rich history. 


An unusual spherical observatory sits on the highest point of a 200-foot diameter earth mound in Dublin, Ohio.

The Watch House is constructed out of copper, bronze, and stucco, and features holes in the spherical roof in the shape of everyday objects. A reference to the expanding universe. The earthen mound is also inspired by the Native American mounds located in Ohio.

In 1998, the observatory was created by Columbus artist, Todd Slaughter. The work intends to blend the imagery of modern culture with the community’s native culture and traditions. In peak spring and summer, visitors can also see prairie grasses and native flowers. 

Know Before You Go

When approaching the recreation center on Post Road, visitors will see the watch house on their left. Continue on Post Road to find ample parking at the recreation center or amphitheater. It's just a short walk to the Watch House from there. 

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