After the period of great experiments in the 1960s, monumental sculpture for the public areas was going through a creative stagnation ... more »in the 1970s and the 1980s. Results of the Russian occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968 and social and political changes caused that free experiment will not be tolerable. The period called Normalization just started.
On the other hand, there were probably more tenders and social orders then ever before. Huge amount of orders was guaranteed by law, that obliged every state building (overwhelming majority of all building projects) to spend 1% - 4% of its budget on decoration. This - 4% art - comprised then esthetical dominant features around forming housing estates, health centers, shopping centers, production enterprises and administrative buildings. This way the state ensured work for educated sculptors in order to gain their loyalty and use them for its own propagation.
Current brutal handling of and disregard for sculptures for public areas from recent times of the Normalization, in spite of their unquestionable quality, has forced a group of volunteers to systematic documentation and popularization of the sculptures. They hope to change the public attitude to these monuments of culture and to prevent hereby the vandalism. less «