“VKontakte” and IFMO ready to fight for Steve Jobs memorial




Passions around the monument to Steve Jobs, dismantled in late October , began to be measured in monetary terms. Saved from possible destruction of the iPhone 4 is already ready and “VKontakte”, bought a giant machine, want to pay for the repairs in IFMO. On sums, however, are not taken while talking. Dismantle the same phone company insists it would be better this symbol of US intelligence surveillance of citizens to destroy . In college – shrug and hint at PR.


Prior to December 1 in St. Petersburg will decide what to do with the monument to Steve Jobs, writes F ontanka. One of the options under consideration – the public destruction of a giant iPhone 4. Recall that, according to the idea of ​​developers set the building on Exchange of Information Technologies telephone line size as a man gives everyone the information about Apple founder Steve Jobs, showing documentaries about it and allows you to connect to Wi-Fi-network, and photographed.

Interactive sculpture was supposed to withstand temperatures drop to minus 30 degrees. But a few months ago at a monument found detachment of the touch screen, and the university asked the company “Western European fiscal union ‘, establishing his own expense a giant phone repair damage.

“We have initiated the installation of the monument 2 years ago, but now regret that we found such sponsors” – complained IFMO Rector Vladimir Vasilyev.

On October 31, employees ZEFSa dismantled monument, stating that “after revelations of former NSA employee Edward Snowden US and in connection with the public propaganda of sodomy undertaken Apple CEO Tim Cook” dvuhmetrovy iPhone more in public space could not stay.

Now ZEFS and owner of Maxim Dolgopolov offer the public to decide how to dispense with the monument: to send to the warehouse, to destroy, to send a monument to California in the company Apple, or return to IFMO.

“While not planning to reinstall, and utilization is seen the most appropriate solution. However, if the results of the study of public opinion monument will undergo renovation and will be reinstalled, then its main function would be no story about Steve Jobs, but, say, a free call or message addressed to the NSA and the US head office of Apple. Thus the ex-users will be able to publicly notify its refusal technology spying on owners “- the press service quoted the words of Dolgopolov.

However, in IFMO still do not believe that the company could take such a step. “We have an official paper that the monument be repaired and returned. Now we write a request to the company to find out the details, “- said Vasilyev. According to the rector, the actions ZEFSa – just PR company, during which also the “mud-spattered” university. “We are already ready to pay for the monument itself, I’m not so much money,” – said Vasilyev.

Still other art lovers and Apple were found in “VKontakte” . Deputy General Director Dmitry Sergeyev social network announced its readiness to pay for the huge iPhone 4s, ZEFSom demolished.

“In truth, the artistic merit of the object, we do not undertake to evaluate. But absolutely convinced that Steve Jobs was one of the most talented entrepreneurs and visionaries of the twentieth century that changed the technology industry and affect our world. Life Jobs inspires all of us and many of our colleagues in the IT-industry, “- added” VKontakte “.

To save the monument from destruction, companies are willing to find him a new place and pay for the move. “We do not know how much money is required, but we are ready to discuss this issue,” – said “Fontanka” press secretary George Lobushkin social networks.


Though, the head of the company Dolgopolov argues that money would not take “Sum plays no role. We have to make this decision, we will not. The only cash option, which is considered now, it’s charity auction and transfer of all funds in the fund to help sick children. ”


According to the experts, all the price of the device may reach a million rubles, but, most likely, the two-meter iPhone is worth a few hundred thousand. Recall that it was installed in January 2013 in the courtyard of the Technopark St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics. Initially, the project was called “Sunny QR-code.” QR-code would have to be changed daily, and read it could be just around noon. However, because of the often gray sky in St. Petersburg, the concept of the project changed. Memorial finally appeared in the form of a copy of the iPhone in human growth. On the front panel – Touch interactive screen, which shows the biography of the founder of Apple, photos and videos with Jobs. On the rear surface placed QR-code read that using mobile devices, users can visit the site dedicated to Jobs.

On the posting of the vote until the leading option to return back to the monument of Information Technologies – 5200 people were in favor of this answer. 2133 Voters want to destroy the monument, at least 500 people want to send him to California.

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