Horseshoe Crab Stone Mosaic

Horseshoe crab stone mosaic as part of “The Care Takers”

“The Care Takers” is a natural stone mosaic installed at Ocean View Elementary School in Norfolk, Virginia. It is part of my public art commission to create mosaics for the elementary schools there. This mosaic features a strong message on environmental stewardship, inspired by the school’s strong hands-on science programs, including aquaculture and water quality issues.

The Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) is a resident of the Chesapeake Bay and an important part of the ecosystem. They are odd looking creatures, more closely related to scorpions and spiders than crabs. They are sometimes called living fossils because they first appeared in the fossil record an astounding 450 million years ago.

These horseshoe crabs are made of travertine. The eyes are made of Petoskey stone, a fossilized coral from Michigan.

There’s also a sand dollar in one of these images, made from a marble from Tennessee called Quaker Gray.

Horseshoe crab & sand dollar stone mosaic

We did another mosaic for a Norfolk School that also featured a sand dollar, made of the same stone. This one- shown below- was almost three feet in diameter.

This stone sand dollar features relief elements that protrude forward from the wall as part of “The Tiny Kingdom” mosaic. Image ┬ęDave Chance Photography