Saturday, 18 June 2011
The Green Man
This is a composite image I created in Photoshop to represent The Green Man. For me he is a representation of the natural world and his symbols can be found in many old religious buildings throughout the world. He is in the stories of King Arthur and Robin Hood where is was known as Herne the Hunter or Horned God. The God of the forests, he may date back to the third Millennium BC and variations appear in North Africa and Asia. However he is most prevalent in Britain and Europe .
The beginnings of the Green Man is still a mystery and to me that is what makes him such a magical figure.
The Green Man is an image and an idea. It is an image of a human face associated with foliage, and it is an idea that makes real the connection between humanity and nature. The image personifies the idea.
But I believe that the real answer to the question of “who is the Green Man” may simply be that there is no single answer, that he is indeed an enigma, not to be solved but to continue to instil curiosity and wonder in current and future generations.