Monday, December 15, 2008

Green Man on the way to U.K.

This is my contribution to the pole decorating project at thisidorderedlife, now on its way to Knaresborough (and I still want to know what a Knare is). It's my version of a green man, an old pagan character. Here's a link to one that was spotted in Australia (You can see where Arthur Rackham got ideas from). Here is one in Norway. Here's a namesake pub where the specials are tailored to the current economy (presumably resembling in no way the pub in the Kingsley Amis novel of the same name). Who wants to meet me in front of a crackling blaze?

Finally, here is a modern-day version of ineffable mystery.

16 comments:

grrl+dog said...

you knares in pies, dont you? Knare pie. I'm sure of it.

Love the green man, I see him too, in arcgitecture in Sydney... and his sister, the Sheelanagig.

ArtSparker said...

"We go garrick now, become warbs"
- James Thurber

kyklops said...

Green Man... apropos of nothing in particular, there's a green man in SF writer Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun. He's from the future, and he's apparently some sort of plant/human hybrid. The main character of the story finds the green man held prisoner in some sort of carnival side show. Even more apropos (or should that be less?) nothing in particular, while I was writing the above I was, somewhat strangely, reminded of Dostoevsky's "Grand Inquisitor." Weird.

ArtSparker said...

Kyklops-

That's what we're here for (what you said).

milly (elephants&redwoods) said...

this is pretty cool... Ive been missin all your posts. ugh...so busy.

lilaphase said...

I love the green man.

I just posted a picture of the stick guerrilla art you sent me with a link to your blog.

We are taking him with us to Germany tomorrow!

Balou said...

I love it! What a great addition he will be both visual and with a story to go along.

Indrani said...

I liked your contribution and i went to the other links u gave here.Nice collection.

You are welcome to link mine. Thanks!

dennis said...

Dennis likes your green man very much. He seems kindly and possibly edible.

Reya Mellicker said...

He does look like Ben Kingsley. Wow.

lime said...

what fun. i learned something new today as well as enjoyed some of nature's art and some art folks have created. perfect combo....unlike that modern green man. i think he may be the guy who showed up at my cousin's wedding and tried shmoozing the ladies on the dance floor.

Adam said...

I presume you got this far in your 'Knare' search:

"The name of Knaresborough can be divided into two parts "Knare" and "borough". "Knare" may come either from the name of a chieftain, or it may derive from "knar" meaning a rocky outcrop"

The greenman is a fascinating topic, and probably the origin of the Robin Hood stories.

ArtSparker said...

Adam -

Thanks for the information. I regret to say I neglected the research, which allowed certain people who shall remain nameless to lead me a merry dance...

lettuce said...

i've loved arthur rackham for as long as i can remember

theres a great "treeface" photo group on flickr

notmassproduced said...

Wow! We are looking forward to seeing this at Henshaws!! Thanks so much. Hooray hooray

herhimnbryn said...

I have always felt an affinity with The Green man. ( thankyou for the link to my Australian one).

Here is another link to the Green man from the part of the world where I grew up..............

http://www.canterburygreenman.fsnet.co.uk/Canterbury.htm

I think you will also find some info about the Sheelanagig.