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Broken Wave

“Broken Wave” was created from the field jacket of a hadrosaur humerus found in the Cretaceous Formation near present-day Lance Creek, WY of Niobrara County. The locality of this find, now housed in the Casper College Tate Geological Museum, is named after a nearby dead sheep whose ear tag read 148, hence the name of the bone on the plaster jacket is DS-148. The Cretaceous Period was relatively warm and global sea levels were much higher than today. The Pangaean Supercontinent continued its slow break into the continents we recognize today. Created from broken, old, glass insulators found while walking along the prairies of Wyoming, “Broken Wave” is composed of turquoise, blue and white “prairie glass” shards. Prairie glass is my own term for broken glass I find while walking along the prairies. Prairie glass being similar to sea glass but found on the “beaches” of a landlocked state instead. Similar to sea glass found on the beach, but in the free-flowing, landlocked state of Wyoming. It is truly a “green” sculpture as it is made from totally recycled materials. In my case, anything “broken” finds new life. My creations keep paleontology cast-offs and broken glass out of the landfill. This mosaic is also a reflection of my love for water. Water. Water. Water. I love water. Canoeing down the North Platte River as a kid… Fishing out of the same canoe on the plains lakes, my dad casting for me and me reeling in a fish every time one night…Floating in hot springs every chance I get…Long, hot baths after skiing…Soaking in our “hippy hot tub”…the old clawfoot tub in the side yard in which my dad raised frogs. Special thanks to J-P Cavigelli and Russell Hawley, Tate Geological Museum, Casper College, WY

Hadrosaur humerus

Found near Dead Sheep 148 in Niobrara County, near Lance Creek, WY

Lance Formation

Cretaceous Period 65 million years old

Casper College Tate Museum Specimen