On 29 August 2011, over 200 information technology specialists, primarily web programmers, gathered at the Keyboard Monument in Ekaterinburg to celebrate the "IT Day".
During the festive event, programmers had to decide on the future of the Keyboard Monument by voting, news website 66.ru of Ekaterinburg reports.
The Keyboard Monument in Ekaterinburg is the first art sculpture in Russia dedicated to the computer keyboard. The monument was created by Anatoly Vyatkin in 2005 and is located on the bank of Iset river in the city of Ekaterinburg, the so called capital of Russian Urals. The monument looks like a real computer keyboard, increased in scale 30:1, with 86 concrete keys, each of them weighing up to 1,000 pounds.
Residents of Ekaterinburg are worried about the future of the keyboard expressing their fear regarding the soil and vandals. The Keyboard Monument is build on the river bank and the ground is unstable. As for the vandals, residents of Ekaterinburg reported several cases when some of the heavy monument parts, the keys, were either stolen or intentionally destroyed.
During the voting, Ekaterinburg web programmers had to decide either to put the monument on solid ground and restore the keys, or to move the monument to another city, suggested to Perm.
Photo: Dmitry Gorchakov/66.ru