A Monument “Not Made by Hands”
The Russian title includes the word нерукотворному (nerukotvornomu: literally, “not made by hands”), which would bring to mind for any educated Russian (of whatever religious background) the word нерукотворные (nerukotvornye), which is the title of a famous Russian Orthodox icon type. The word “Chebarkul” on the base is the name of the locality where the meteorite fell. By the way, Governor Yurevich is the head of Makfa, a food processing company known mainly for pasta (Russian pasta? I shit you not… their website has some dynamite recipes).
Online voting to determine the five best ideas for a memorial to commemorate the fall of a meteorite in the Urals began on the official website of Chelyabinsk Oblast Governor Mikhail Yurevich. Sergei Yolkin takes a sardonic look at it all.
20 May 2013