BAMBURGH CATHEDRAL 13th century

WOODCHESTER PARK CHAPEL 19th Century

CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL  14th Century

 

This figure is commonly found in Christian Church architectural ornamentation from the early 11th to the current century despite its clearly pagan symbolism  …  and it has resisted numerous serious, and many more fanciful, attempts to satisfactorily explain its presence and meaning.

It can readily be seen to indicate a relationship between ‘Man and Nature’ which is particularly relevant to our future in the 21st century.

MY  OWN  GREEN  MAN  PROJECT  SERIES

The following three images may be read as a series illustrating our increasing alienation from nature.

 

MAN and NATURE

 Man  and Nature – Rooted

Cold cast bronze  16 x 10 x 8 inches

 

 Man and Nature  –  Equilibrium

Cold cast bronze 16 x 10 x 8 inches

 

 Man and Nature  –  Loosing Touch 

Cold cast bronze 16 x 10 x 8 inches

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As the name implies the mediaeval images were exclusively male  –  or at most androgenous.

 I have read of a ‘Green Woman’ in a church in Southern France and there is an image in Southwell Minster in Nottinghamshire, England, that certainly looks female to me………. but gender equality is absent in the tradition.

This is perhaps surprising as such a pagan male folk figure might well be expected to be associated with some form of fertility image.

However whatever the traditional practice I felt that my more modern images would be incomplete without representation of both genders.

 Out Of Eden

Cold cast bronze 16 x 10 x 8 inches

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The images below are from a series using the basic symbolry in a different way to represent the seasons of the year.

 The  Innocence  of  Spring

Pastel on canvas

 

 The  Knowledge  Of  Winter

Pastel on canvas

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And the image with which I began this project

Old Man Of The Wood

Cast in polymer gypsum 22 x 16 x 9 inches