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Amarillo, Texas: Spin the Giant Granite Sphere

Demonstrate your super-strength by spinning a 1.5-ton ball of stone ball that floats on a thin film of water. Caution: sometimes the water isn't turned on.

401 S. Buchanan St., Amarillo, TX
I-40 exit 70. Drive north and bear right onto S. Buchanan St. The plaza with the ball will be on the right, at the intersection of SE 6th Ave. on the left. There's a parking lot on the right just before you reach the ball.
No guarantee it's operating when you visit. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Spin the Giant Granite Sphere

Visited it today. I was disappointed that the sphere would not move as the water was shut off. Bummer.

[JR Thornton, 09/05/2017]
Spin the Giant Granite Sphere

The Granite Sphere is working now. Careful, hot when touched.

[PAG, 07/23/2015]


Spin the Giant Granite Sphere

Out of order. Bone dry. Nobody around. Quite forlorn.

[J.A., 06/07/2015]

Antarctica is on the top -- isn't that the international sign for a globe in distress?

Granite world globe.

Spin the Giant Granite Sphere

Good place to stretch legs on a long car ride. Easy in and out from the road and kids got a kick out of it.

[sheri, 12/31/2014]

Sphere fountain.

Giant Black Marble Floating on Water

Located at the Centennial Plaza, this 1,500kg granite marble floats on a film of 10-pounds-per-square-inch of recycled water. Because it floats, it can be spun in any direction with very little effort.

[RS, 11/22/2014]

Called a "Kugel Ball," these interactive fountains have been installed in many places as an alternative to traditional public water features. 1500kg is roughly 3,300 pounds; there are some that are 10,000+ lbs.

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