Hastings May Day/Jack in the Green

Sunshine, and I finally join the throngs of people gathered to love this town, celebrate and release the spirit of Spring; they’ve been hard at it for days – I’ve heard the drums echoing between the hills and up the valley.
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I am greeted by the Green Man; he daubs my nose with green paint
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…weaving my path in and out between people

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I come across a golden man with a pained expression

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The Pentacles are drumming…drumming and their beat anchor me to the ground
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A giantess arrives.
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Followed by Asterix
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The drums fill me with joy, smiley people in fancy head gear; yeah, it’s all good.

But, soon, very soon I am back on the hills and can gaze upon the gatered humanity from a distance.
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The sun is covered in a light mist and it has turned hot and humid

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Chilled people enjoying their lovely town…

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Bluebells glimmering amongst the bracken, and on the other side of the valley people are ritually slaughtering Jack, releasing the Spirit of Spring for another year.

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About Anna

I am a ceramic sculptor living on the South coast near London, England. My work is influenced by my experience of the earth as a living being and seeing how we are all connected with eachother and with the things that surround us. I create ceramic torsos using molochite clay which I often smokefire in galvanised dustbins. I also make House Gods to protect and amuse, and Fat Birds - little smokefired sculptures that tell the story about what it is like to be a fat bird at peace with its surroundings.
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3 Responses to Hastings May Day/Jack in the Green

  1. Al says:

    Wow. Looks like ti was a fantastic day. I see Brian Blessed’s clone got in on the action hehe. I have always marvelled at the Green Man festival although I have never been. Glad it was a nice day for you

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