From Shelly in his poem "Ozymandias", referring to the awe to be inspired from monuments:
«My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!»
We create monuments to commemorate, remind and show respect to persons or events that we deem important.
I always found it curious to note the lack of contemporary monuments in Amman. There is that humongous sculpture on the 7th Circle; a larger than life book surrounded by human like figures trying to climb it; a monument for seeking knowledge perhaps. There is the Unknown Soldier memorial, and the keepsake for the battle of the Karama (there are for sure more, but these were the first three to spring to mind).An internet image of the 7th circle sculpture
A not-so-accurate first page Google image results of "monuments of amman"
Some famous monuments
Some "monuments of despair"
An interesting short interview by Le Corbusier on the philosophy behind his 'Open Hand' monument in Chandigarh, India:
Since the beginning of the revolts in the Arab countries, a phenomenon of defacing or reappropriating public monuments has sprung. In Egypt, the famous lion sculptures of the Qasr El-Nil bridge were covered with an eye-patch in solidarity with the injured protestors. The same was done with a figure of Umm Kalthoum. In Damascus, at the start of the on-going protests, the water of several public fountains was dyed red in solidarity with the blood of the dead.
Going back to the monuments of Amman, first: from an architectural, urban or representational point of view, are they really the fruit of a long labour of study of the conditions and struggles that created the urgency to erect them? second: how much of this calculation do we suppose was put into the "accidental" monument now on Duwwar Al-Dakhiliyeh? We see it now unused, spurring ideas on how we can turn it into something of another value.