In the Netherlands we have a State’s  Architect, who has considerable power in national building policy, selection of architects for large projects, and the application of sculpture in public space.
At the end of the fifties of the last century  a new state’s architect was installed, and one of his first acts was the unveiling of the then youngest monument for the victims of the second world war. Numerous older ones were already present everywhere, all in a realistic, figurative, often symbolic and heroic style.

The most memorable statement in the speech of the new state's architect, whose name, for that matter, never reached public memory, was: 
This is the very last figurative statue made on assignment of our government.
And so it happened that a whole generation of respected figurative sculptors lost a steady income and status, in favor of the young abstract modernists, whose geometric, minimalistic and deconstructive creations have dominated many road junctions and city parks of our country since. Only in the last 10 years the old sculptors who survived have seen their work revaluated and got succesfull retrospectives. And in public space gradually new figuration appeared, now mainly surrealistic and absurdistic. Realism has regained power. How long will it last this time? And who will be the next state's architect to enforce it?