I'm not sure who the artist is but I think I saw this on the FB forum a while back. If it's what I'm thinking of, people were SUPER butthurt because the guy that made this got paid A LOT for this piece, like a ridiculous amount. I say good for him, it's a nice piece and I'm sure it was a lot of work.
If you google canoe carving images, there is a picture of this carving and it takes you to lakegeorge.com . It is carved by Paul Stark out of Oregon. The cost of the project (which I would assume overs a concrete slab and protective structure) was $100,000. -ken