Runners completing early morning circuits of Helston’s boating lake last week may have been surprised by a strange apparition: a gleaming wooden kayak, navigating its way amongst the ducks.

The kayak, paddled by artist Adam Chodzko, is both a vessel and a sculptural object, which he has named Ghost, as he sees her as a ceremonial vessel that would carry passengers to another state of being.

Members of the public around the UK have been carried in a reclining position, in a state between waking and sleeping.

Ghost’s appearance at Coronation Park was to mark a free exhibition in Helston Town Band Room at 37 Church Street, where the kayak is now displayed until this Saturday, together with video recordings of voyages she has made on waterways in Cornwall since the beginning of May this year.

A camera mounted on the kayak’s prow records water-level footage of each voyage and the edited footage recalls passages on peaceful tidal waters including Frenchman’s Creek, Gillan Creek, Restronguet Creek and the Kennal River.

The video footage is accompanied by gentle aquatic sounds that fill the space of the band room.

The Ghost voyages and exhibition have been organised by CAST as part of the Groundwork programme of international contemporary art that opened in May this year and closes at the end of this month.

The exhibition in the band room runs is open every day now until Saturday, between 10am and 5pm.

Other free Groundwork exhibitions and events are taking place in the CAST building at 3 Penrose Road. For full details see visit