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Monday, October 31, 2016

For Dust Thou Art, and Into Dust Thou Shalt Return

Genesis 3:19 
For dust thou art, 
and into dust thou shalt return

Two weeks ago I found this signed print at Goodwill for 99 cents. It’s by New Orleans artist Jack Wittenbrink who shows his work on the fence at Jackson Square in the French Quarter. 

The print, placed on top of cardboard cut from a box, and covered with clear packaging paper, had Jack Wittenbrink - Facebook written on the back. Here is Jack’s Facebook page. He’s a bit left...well… alright, he’s radically left but he’s incredibly talented.

Jack’s cemetery creation immediately brought to mind the Four Last Things of Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell - the four last stages of the soul in life and the afterlife. So I stood in the thrift store counting the crosses under the tree, then the skeletons under the ground to see if the numbers added up. (They don't.) After counting those, I then noticed ravens and cats in the three trees, designs on the coffins, tree roots, and ends of the crosses seen underground.

Happily I went to check-out and paid 99 cents for this great "find". I made several copies, laminated them, wrote Jack Wittenbrink - Facebook on the back and gave them to family and friends for Halloween cards/bookmarks.

Happy All Hallows’ Eve!

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