Angus McCrum’s Resting Dish, 2020, is a Lord’s Prayer wooden dish inscribed with “Give us our Daily Bread”.It was found by Angus near Schöneburg, leaning on a water pump. Upon it, Angus added the image of a carving of the Green Man from a pew in Bath Abbey, taken from a magazine.
Angus then lined the work with oil paint to make it waterproof, the idea being that the artwork could be used as a dish to collect water from the Tyburn, and pour it on brick or concrete. The Tyburn was covered over with these materials, so by bringing some of the Tyburn above the bricks, the river would now sit still, open to the sky as it originally would have been, the work functioning thus as a marker or memorial.
The image of the Green Man from Bath Abbey draws a further link between Resting Dish, 2020 and the Tyburn: Bath’s springs had begun as a Celtic shrine for Sulis; both Sulis and the Green Man were absorbed by the Romans and Christians, and both represent rebirth and life.
Churches are still covered in Green Men, a wonderful enduring image from the old religions of Europe, its original potency lost, walled over by Christianity. Angus is concerned with the idea of an image being lost in plain sight,Green Man and Tyburn alike.