A clip art painting by an artist at the New Hampshire Aquarium was saved on Sunday, as the kayaker who had been kayaking off the Atlantic coast in distress approached the iconic painting.
“I didn’t know it was there, I didn’t see it until I was about two-and-a-half hours away,” said Chris Boesch, who had just finished a kayaking excursion off Cape Cod when he spotted the piece of artwork floating near the Cape Cod dock.
Boesich posted about the incident on Facebook on Sunday and said he was “totally blown away” when he saw it floating near Cape Cod.
The art piece had been on display at the aquarium for about four years.
He said the artist told him the piece was donated to the aquarium by the Atlantic Society of Conservation.
“He said it was from an animal that they had been caring for,” Boesen said.
“They were doing the care work, which was a little bit odd.”
Boeser’s artwork was originally commissioned in 2013 and painted in acrylic, with a black background and red strokes.
The artist told Boescht it was donated by a local man named Bill Dickson.
Betsch said he had been at the marine park since 2003 and was never told the piece would be donated.
“My heart just sank,” Betscht said.
Dickson is a former professional fisherman, and he lives in New Hampshire, where the Atlantic Aquarium is located.
Biosheets of Dickson and his son, Tom, who is also an avid fisherman, were posted online by the aquarium.
“The art piece is in excellent condition and will be displayed at the Atlantic Museum of Natural History in New York City,” the aquarium said.
The aquarium has donated the piece to the New York State Museum of History.
The artwork was on loan for about two years, but Boescher said he decided to take the painting home to display it, as he had no intention of selling it.
“It’s a very unique piece,” he said.
A spokesperson for the Atlantic society said it does not comment on individual art pieces.
“This piece is an exceptional and one of a kind example of the conservation and conservation education that Atlantic Aquaria offers to its visitors and the broader public,” the group said in a statement.