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The classical-style frieze above the entrance to this residential building in Prague’s Vinohrady district presents an idealized portrait of domestic life in communist Czechoslovakia.

Typically for a work of socialist realism the only approved form of public art a happy proletarian family dominates the scene. The mother nurses a newborn citizen, while the engineer father draws up designs for a new steel mill (the plan for which appears as a backdrop). In the two wings, meanwhile, children engage in health-giving musical and sporting activities.

Designed by the young Zlin-based sculptor Miroslav Václavík, this instructive piece of propaganda was carved in 1955 by Jiři Ducháček.