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‘The Hare sits snug in leaves and grass
And laughs to see the Green Man pass’
A. H. Hoffman 1848
The Green Man, festooned in leaves, is an ancient symbol of fertility that can be found carved on buildings all over Europe, even on some in New York.
The modern Green Man is somewhat different in that he only seeks to live in harmony with nature rather than generate it.
Riding a tricycle made entirely of branches of trees (fallen ones, no doubt) he lumbers along the road being carbon neutral, wearing the superior smile of a clear conscience.
The chicken supplies him with the odd egg, and it’s waste products drop into a bio-digester which produces methane for the front light.
At the back a wind turbine provides power for his rear light. Of course this will only work when he travels fast enough to create the wind – when he slows down the light will go out, so he must drive the turbine himself.
The Green Man’s face is modelled on Prince Charles, a man whose environmental activities have made him a laughing stock and one of the great fools of our age.
Box wood, copper and scorched ash
14 inches / 36cm high
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