About this project
Thank you for visiting Kickstarter and for your pledge of support! I am extremely excited to bring this project to life in October!
Your funds will be used, in part, for the following needs:
- Supplies (remember the Giant is 10 ft, 4.5 inches long - that's a lot of plaster!)
- Studio Space
- Educational Historical Placards (museum quality)
-Transportation (by horse and wagon)
- T-shirt Production
- I am not charging an artist fee - but after all the supplies are garnered for the project, all proceeds from the show and merchandise sales will be split amongst our sponsoring non-profit organizations so that they can continue to support local artists and further their individual missions. So by donating, you are also giving support to the Onondaga Historical Association, The Westside Arts Council, and Lipe Art Park, amongst others!
On October 16th, 1869 - a 10 foot tall "petrified man" was uncovered by workers digging a well, behind the barn of William C. Newell in Cardiff, N.Y.. Newell set up a tent over the giant, and charged people .25 cents to see the "Goliath".
The Syracuse Journal reported the story, and two days later Newell increased the price to .50 cents! People came by the wagonload. The discovery stirred debate across the area and the nation: was this an example of the giants written about in the bible? or was it an ancient statue left over from some unknown civilization?
About 10 days after the initial discovery, the giant was sold for $23,000 to a five man syndicate from Syracuse, N.Y., led by a banker and horse trader named David Hannum. The syndicate moved the giant to Syracuse, and placed it on display, raising the price of admission to one dollar.
Seeing such great crowds in Syracuse, the famous showman, P.T. Barnum, offered $50,000 for the giant - but the Syracuse syndicate turned his offer down. Rather than up his price, P.T. Barnum hired a crew of workers to carve his own giant - which he put on display in New York City, claiming the Syracuse giant to be a fake!
As newspaper around the country covered Barnum's version of the story, David Hannum was quoted as saying: "There's a sucker born every minute" (in reference to people paying to see Barnum's fake giant). This statement has since been misattributed to P.T. Barnum. Following the newspaper battle, David Hannum sued P.T. Barnum for calling his giant a fake. But in February 1870, both giants were revealed as fakes in court, and the judge ruled that Hannum could not sue Barnum for calling a fake giant a fake. And thus was revealed one of the greatest hoaxes in United States history!
"There's a Sucker Born Every Minute: Re-creating the Cardiff Giant" is a project where artist Ty Marshal will create a Cardiff Giant replica according to the original size specifications. This project is a celebration of a unique piece of Central New York history with intentions of continuing the restoration of civic pride, defining a lineage to our history as a creative community, and reflecting on how arts & culture served as an economic engine the past, and how it relates to today.
The sculpture will be fabricated at the Gear Factory on Syracuse's Near Westside, with an opening at Lipe Art Park on October 16th, 2011, exactly 142 years from the date of the original unearthing. Following the opening, the sculpture will be moved to The Atrium at City Hall Commons by horse and cart.
During the exhibitions - lectures, talks, films, and live theater events will also be taking place at various local arts and cultural centers in the area. Re-creating the Cardiff Giant will allow participants to experience local history firsthand, learn about this unique piece of cultural heritage through live performance and presentations, and to explore arts & culture from an "up close and personal" perspective.
For event dates and times, and a list of all our partners, click below!
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