This Beautiful Mirrored Mosaic Canoe Inspired By Kawarthas Is Coolest Thing Ever

Canadian artist Brad Copping—artist-in-residence at the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough—has created a beautiful glass-covered canoe that was inspired by the Kawarthas.

It is an absolute stunning mosaic of glass pieces depicting a map of rivers and lakes in the Kawarthas.

Mirrored glass in inside of canoe (photo ©Brad Copping via  Canoe Museum )

Mirrored glass in inside of canoe (photo ©Brad Copping via Canoe Museum)

"The canoe’s exterior maps the waterways from my home in Apsley, Ontario, southward into the Trent Severn Waterway and on into Rice Lake," Copping writes in a blog entry.

"The changing cut patterns of the mirror reflect the changing landscape from the granite shield north of Stoney Lake to the limestone plane south of this waterline," adds Copping in the blog post. "The canoe’s interior is mirrored in a much simpler fashion. Placing mirror sections between the ribs, I mimic the planking of this old cedar strip canoe. The effect, when paddling is of floating in the skeleton of the small vessel, sky and water joined."

Photo ©Brad Copping via  Canoe Museum

Photo ©Brad Copping via Canoe Museum

Copping, who recently paddled the canoe for five days along scenic waterways in northern Europe, was gifted the 16 foot cedar-strip by Canadian Canoe Museum curator Jeremy Ward, and turned it into this beautiful work of art.

Photo ©Brad Copping via  Canoe Museum

Photo ©Brad Copping via Canoe Museum

The mirrored canoe is currently on the road at the Nationaal Glasmuseum Leerdam in the Netherlands, but this June it will be presented as part of a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Peterborough.

Read more about the Mirrored Canoe in this blog entry Copping wrote on the Canoe Museum website.

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