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The giant, a detailed, 10-foot 4-inch limestone carving, was designed to fool.

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A giant undertaking

Can the Cardiff Giant still draw a crowd? Ty Marshal thinks so

Inspiration for Ty Marshal's latest project actually came while he was researching a different concept. Marshal, a local artist and activist who prefers the label "inter-disciplinarian," had set out to find whether Onondaga Lake had ever been rumored to harbor a lake monster. Instead, he discovered a nearly 150-year-old hoax that entangled P.T. Barnum, the courts and thousands of residents, and began a few miles from Syracuse.

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