by Igor Kachan
found in Saint-Petersburg, in 1991


dimensions: 8x90x85 cm
weight: 3 kg
— Well, to make a long story short, I made this cover because I was too cheap to buy one. The thing is that recently we've become spoiled, used to always having water, and we don't conserve it or keep any in reserve. And so if someone goes to the toilet and there isn't any water then you need to cover the toilet up with something. So then the toilet broke. One of the levers from the lid had broken. So I went to the shop, but they cost 25 rubles. 25 rubles! There was no way I was gonna pay that. So I took two brackets and fixed them onto the seat with bolts to attach this lid. Then I put this plywood on the inside, drilled holes in it and attached it at the holes. So, I had a kind of double seat. It goes right inside. I don't know what to call it. (...) You know, I guess I just didn't think about covering the whole thing (...) So there's a bit of a gap. Whatever. Although I suppose it's not too late. I could still add something to it, on the top… It was because of the shortages. And also we have a tendency to not value our own labor. For example, I can spend a whole day on some small job, but I don't feel like it costs me anything. Because it's for me. If I can do something myself then I'll do it, for sure – I don't have the means to do otherwise. It's always hard of course. Now, for example, it's difficult to earn money. So it's best to only spend it on what you can't do yourself.

Igor Kachan
from Saint-Petersburg
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