Green men can appear in different guises. Face and foliage, or other vegetation are always in connection. Leaves can shape the face itself, or leafy shoots grow out of mouth, nose and ears. In its two extremes either vegetation or human traits dominate. Discord rules concerning the significance and symbolism of the Green Man.
Medieval reliefs and sculptures of Green Men are not easily deciphered. They contain an abundance of symbolism, which places them at the utmost limit of comprehension – literally embodying the incomprehensible. All Green Men give rise to the same question: Who is this figure crowned by branches and leaves on facades, doors and windows? Is there a connection to Bacchus, the god of wine? Is it good or evil? Is it just insignificant decor? Is he rather she, or they? There are no unambiguous answers, the motive confounds the viewer.
Plant-humxn in the shape of Green Men loom as liminal beings without fixed identity, purpose or meaning, betwixt man and woman, evil and good. The symbiosis of symbols points inwards and outwards of itself.