Tuesday, September 15, 2015

This is the grave of Anton Jrschick in the Central Cemetery in Graz, Austria. Jrschick was a carpenter who lived in Austria from 1846 to 1909. He was one of the best-known woodworkers in Austria, and became an Imperial Purveyor of carved wood, statues, and paneling.

He designed his own mausoleum. Unlike most crypts, which are symmetrical and whose access is from a main front door, the door to Jrschick's tomb is set off to one side and faces left. The front wall of the mausoleum is designed to look like the wall in his workshop, complete with clock, a bookshelf, woodworking tools hanging up, and an open cabinet of chisels.

The door to the mausoleum is not attached to the crypt's entrance (but blocks access all the same). A woman, shrouded in grief, holds the unfinished door to the tomb. The door features a bas-relief of Jrschick's head and shoulders, with a realistic crack carved into the "wood" of the door. A gigantic vise attempts to hold the wood closed, so the crack will not spread further.

On the door is this epithet: "The plane is the fate of the world and says goodbye."

It expresses Jrschick's belief that, in the end, everything is worn smooth by the carpenter's plane. In the end, nothing is left except the plane, and only the plane may say farewell...

This is the library reading room at the University of Graz. Located in Graz, Austria, it is the the second-largest and second-oldest university in Austria. Jrschick did the woodwork here.

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