A new sculpture by Tim Shaw is unveiled at Antony House Woodland Garden

PUBLISHED: 14:28 15 May 2013 | UPDATED: 14:28 15 May 2013

The Green Man by Tim Shaw at Antony, Torpoint

The Green Man by Tim Shaw at Antony, Torpoint


Sailing along the river Lynher look towards Antony House to catch a glimpse of a giant face peering out from an old quarry, surrounded by oaks and shrubbery it is almost hidden in the wilderness.

The newest sculpture from Tim Shaw, The Green Man is situated in the impressive woodland garden of Antony, Torpoint, which opened to the public in March this year. Commissioned by Sir Richard Carew Pole and unveiled on the 9th December 2012, The Green Man now forms part of the Carew Pole Garden Trust collection, which includes sculptures by Peter Randell-Page and Eilis O’Connell.

The Green Man has existed in many different cultures throughout history, its origins are unknown but he is primarily interpreted as a symbol of rebirth and is associated with nature deities. Shaw says: “Most of us at some time have experienced a feeling of unease when walking through woods alone. It’s that sense of being watched by some unknowable presence - ‘the others’. Central to the creation of the Green Man is the idea that in nature there exists a ‘aemon’ spirit. This for me is what The Green Man has revealed from the beginning.”

The sculpture is ‘Green Vine - I am the out there’ and is heavily inspired by its impressive surroundings. Located between the village of Antony and the town of Torpoint, Cornwall, the Carew family have owned Antony estate since the mid-16th Century, it has been the primary residence of the family since a house was built in 1721. The estate will be no stranger to cinema goers - it most recently featured in Tim Burton’s 2008 film Alice in Wonderland.

The Woodland Garden at Antony is open to the public from 2 March to 31 October 2013, Tuesday - Sunday.

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