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4/14/08--Tyler

Outdoor Project Causes Curiosity

It's big, it's rocky, and has been raising a few eyebrows

"The first time I drove by I just stopped, looked out my windows and said, what is that," said Stephen Wickliffe.  He said he has no clue what the huge concrete structure is going up in one Tyler neighborhood.

And one guess has been as good as the next.

"It looks like something that would be fun to play paintball in," said Jeremy Brandt.  His sister Katie Brandt said it looks like an adobe house Native Americans used to live in.

The owner said hears two questions the most: when's it going to be finished and what is it?

Amy Datwyler's backyard is now a very large water feature in the working--the result of a small, landscaping project--one that grew and grew, tumbling along for more than 2 years.

"It started off with just the rebar and the wire, and then it just kind of goes from there," said Datwyler.  She said she hopes someday her yard will be one more eye-catching attraction in her neighborhood, including the 14-foot waterfall.  So far, she said the stress has not been too much of a problem.  "It's not too bad because it's outside."

And the neighbors didn't seem to mind.   "It hasn't been a headache," said Beth Davis.  "We got our little fence right here, so if it turns out the way we hope it's going to, our fence may come down.  If it goes the other way, the fence may go higher."

And until it's finished, everyone will just have to eagerly wait to see the finished product.

Layron Livingston, Reporting llivingston@kltv.com

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