Recently when I was preparing a talk in conjunction with Komar and Melamid's travelling exhibition Monumental Propaganda I realized that part of the problem of monuments is one of representation. For those that actually remember an event or a person, memorials often fall short because they substitute text and icons for deeds and moments that have had a much more experiential quality.
I thought that if one could create a monument that reproduced in some small way the quality of that which is being memorialized then one might be that much closer to a remembrance. For instance if a person were to be remembered for being generous perhaps their memorial might make some gregarious gesture offering a seat or shelter to a passerby.