Ed Chapman, an award-winning mosaic artist who creates unique portraits from a range of materials, sent this image of a mosaic portrait of Siksika Nation Chief Running Rabbit to Windspeaker.com. He said it was created with 4,108 cents supplied by the Canadian Mint. It measures 100X150 cm.
Running Rabbit, or Aatsista-Mahkan, was known for his generosity and kindness, and for his ability to settle disputes. He was a signatory to Treaty 7 in 1877.
This mosaic was a commissioned piece, finished earlier this month, and it's on its way to Canada this week, arriving within the month. Chapman is trying to track down if and where this will be on public display, and we'll bring readers that information when we can.
This is the first time the artist has used Canadian pennies in his work, and said the Canadian mint was very helpful in its supply of pennies. Chapman is a resident of England and has worked with UK pennies in the past, as in the mosaic of Nelson Mandela below. And below that is the artist, Ed Chapman, with soccer superstar David Beckham in London.
For more information on this artist see: http://edchapman-mosaics.co.uk