Gary Hauschild & Susan Metzler were driving across Nevada to deliver a sculpture to Boulder City when they noticed several miles of very short fencing. Puzzled at the incredibly short fence, they discovered this boundary was created to keep tortoises out of the busy traffic. The current tortoise population is 10% of what it was in the 1950’s and only 2% of hatchlings survive to become adults. To top it off, they only breed when they live to be 15 – 20 years old, they are ENDANGERED. Still, each tortoise hatches, ignoring the statistics, with the attitude of “Here I come world!” This inspiring piece was donated to the Palisade art vision and can be found on display in front of the Palisade Chamber of Commerce. Gary’s bronze, cement and stone sculpture, originally titled, “La Tortuguita” is now name “Penny” as folks were adding coins to the egg shells as they passed by.