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The Keyboard Monument by Russian artist Anatoly Vyatkin is a massive tribute to the IBM PC compatible Cyrillic computer keyboard.


In October 2005, Russian artist Anatoly Vyatkin created an outdoor tribute to the IBM PC compatible Cyrillic computer keyboard. The concrete Keyboard Monument in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg features the 86 keys of a QWERTY keyboard, with each key weighing up 1000 pounds.



The 16m x 4m area covered by the monument sits on the embankment of the Iset River in the city centre. By incorporating a small piece of technology into the natural landscape, Vyatkin plays heavily on the idea of integration, especially as passers-by are free to interact with the monument. Visitors are often seen hopping between keys, letting a bit of whimsy into their day to day lives. In 2011, the F1, F2, F3, and Y keys were stolen, but they were easily replaced due the ease with which concrete can be moulded and set.


The fluid nature of concrete is ideal for installations such as these, often allowing artists and designers to combine media in surprisingly new ways, as well as leaving plenty of room for improvisation. Here, the outdoors and technology meet and integrate.

Since its installation, the Keyboard Monument has become increasingly popular with tourists and locals alike. There are even myths that if a wish is typed out on the keyboard, it will come true when the user presses ‘enter’…




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