Jim Morrison

What once was is now no more

Illustration of Jim Morrison’s grave in Père Lachaise cemetery

Illustration by Xavier Marchand

Unusually, Père Lachaise was in the news several times this week: Oscar Wilde’s newly renovated gravestone (now with a fancy glass barrier unlike Jim’s ghastly metal fence), more Hollywood stars visiting the cemetery and of course Jim’s birthday coming soon on December 8.

Therefore I thought this would be an appropriate time to share Doors fan Xavier Marchand’s superb Indian ink drawing of Jim’s first gravestone as a reminder of what once was is now no more. I had the chance to visit Jim’s grave in 1986 when it looked similar to Xavier’s drawing. Extraordinary times. Sadly, for me, that period is over. I regret that the barrier has turned Jim’s grave into a circus attraction like the Mona Lisa in the Louvre and is now inaccessible.

© 2011 Xavier Marchand
Illustration by Xavier Marchand. Indian ink, pencils and watercolor, 28×35 cm

Artist bio

“I have been teaching at the Collège de Maisonneuve in Montreal since 1989. I was one of the founders of the multimedia department and was also the first coordinator. I continue to work there as a multimedia professor. I have several achievements to my credit, the most well known is surely the multimedia CD-ROM for the Cirque du Soleil. My interest in multimedia techniques has led me to explore the world of music, theatre, the circus, photography and digital video. I spend most of my time processing images in a creative and artistic manner.” — Xavier Marchand

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