The Monument to The Twelfth Chair in Odessa, devoted to Ilf and Petrov, famous authors of the novel “Twelve Chairs”, is situated in Odessa, in the heart of the city, in the City Garden, on the Deribasovskaya Street. Its solemn opening took place on April, the 1st, 1999. Ever since the monument has enjoyed the widest popularity not only among Odessans, but also among city guests.
The Monument is a small chair, standing on a marble pedestal; the suitcase of Ostap Bender is located near it. There are catch phrases from the novel on the chair back: “how much does opium cost for people”, “Kisya and Osya were here”, “the whole smuggling is made in Odessa, on the Malaya Arnautskaya Street” and others. The epigraph, located on the pedestal, voices the following: “To Ilf and Petrov from citizens of Odessa”. The idea of erecting the monument starts from M. Reve, who has created an alternative to usual and cloying monuments.
There is one thing, which makes this chair famous: those people who wish can sit and make photos near it. A cheerful Odessa inhabitant has found a way, how to earn money near the monument: at extra charge he offers tourists and city guests to make photos on the chair with the suitcase, in a hat and scarf.
The Monument to The Twelfth Chair in Odessa gave an impulse to opening monuments to writers Ilf and Petrov all over the world. Next to Odessa such monuments were erected in Kharkov, Pyatigorsk, Saint-Petersburg, Starobelsk, Elista and other cities.