Tombstone In The Shape Of A Dead Woman’s Favourite iPhone Erected Over Her Burial Plot
A dead Russian woman identified as Rita Shameeva has been given a 5ft high tombstone in the shape of her favourite iPhone in Ufa, Russai. It is gathered that the tribute was installed the 25-year old’s father, Rais Shameev long before her death in January 2016.
The tribute is made out of basalt and designed in the shape of a black iPhone shows a picture of Shameeva. The monument, which also features a mocked up Quick Response Code, towers above other gravestones in part of Yuzhnoye cemetery.
A local headstone maker Ilgam Galliulin denied he was responsible for its design.
‘My father and I make monuments to order,’ he said. ‘But I saw this unusual one for the first time last week.’
The grave is believed to have been commissioned from a Siberian company which offers ‘death accessories’. Designer Pavel Kalyuk built a similar headstone as an advertising gimmick.
‘We began to make monuments just to attract attention,’ he said.
A mourner, Nikolay Yevdokimov told newspaper ProUral:
‘I thought I was having hallucinations. How could an American smartphone suddenly appear at our cemetery? And such a huge one.
‘I came closer and was surprised. I’ve seen many gravestones, but to make one in the form of iPhone – this is the first time, to be honest.”
Not much is known about the late Rita Shameeva except that she was a keen traveller and had friends in Germany.