Monuments exist in a state between the objective and the subjective. On one hand, they seem relevant due to their representation of an ideal or spectacle. On the other hand, they signify an extremely simplified view that is romanticized, exaggerated or otherwise not entirely factual. Thus a monument's message is one that is more of a truth than a fact. To counteract this falsehood, a monument is proposed that represents life through the idiosyncratic mundane instead of the arbitrary spectacular.

The monument is translated into furniture in the form of a shelf. Units are afixed with a magnifier lens on one end of the unit in order to aggrandize the mundane objects (books, souvenirs, photos) that a user puts in it. Each shelf also has a unique texture in order to suggest the type of object that can be placed there.

The units also rotate and allow for the unit to magnifer a user's view of the space around the monument. Details (that new watch, her smile that lingers) that might have been lost in the course of daily life are given a chance to be viewed and perceived.

design and video: michael zhang
music: bon iver

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