Monday, 7 December 2015


Floor tiles from a country church near Cirencester. 
1. The Green Man seen as a motif on pub signs, as architectural decoration and as modern-day branding for 'green' products. Wild Nature symbolism part of folklore through the ages and religions across the world;

2. The Fleur-de-lys, a lily or lotus flower associated with the mixed bag of French royalty, the branding of runaway slaves and heraldry representing the values of perfection, light and life; 

3. Celtic knotwork suggesting the intertwining and unending circle of life. 

What is the significance of these repeated images for the casual visitor today? What did these symbols mean for Indian worshippers, Byzantine builders, and Celtic travellers? Literary tropes and visual symbols can enrich and deepen meaning enabling greater connection, recognition and understanding. These are universal waymarkers and fingerposts to help with journeys. 

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