Quirky Attraction: Detroit fist statue

detroit fist statue

Detroit fist statue (Joe Louis Monument)
Location: Detroit (Jefferson at Woodward)
When to visit: Daylight hours
Cost: Free
Time needed to enjoy: 5 minutes
Website: n/a

In downtown Detroit, near the river that looks across to Canada, sits a statue of a giant arm and fist. It could be a weird piece of modern art sculpture, but it’s actually a tribute to famed boxer Joe Louis, who achieved greatness with that fist.

The fist statue is near another memorial called the “Spirit of Detroit,” and they’re close enough that at first I mistakenly believed that the fist was the Spirit of Detroit. That cracked me up – the idea that the true spirit of Detroit was a punch to the face.

But no, the spirit statue is something less quirky and less interesting. It’s the fist that is worth seeing. The arm is 24 feet long and weighs 8,000 pounds. That’s quite a body part!


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Scott Shetler is a Seattle-based journalist and blogger who seeks out offbeat attractions and awesome destinations around the world. He has been featured in Travel + Leisure, Connect Magazine, Matador Travel, and the Washington Post.

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    1. LOL. I totally would have posed with one. It’s funny how I never noticed this when I was living in Michigan…or maybe I saw it and forgot about it.

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