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.
“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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