‘The City’s Greed’ - a demonstration against the demolition of the modernist hotel ‘Cracovia’ and building of a shopping mall on its place.
Substantive preparation of the action:
Hotel ‘Cracovia Pany’: Dorota Leśniak, Dorota Jędruch, Iza Wałek, Agata Wiśniewska, Michał Wiśniewski, Marta Karpińska, Kacper Kępiński.
The Great Greed Parade was organized and prepared by: Cecylia Malik (setting of the totality, concept, organization), Marta Sala (gold costumes, workshops), Jakub Wesołowski (any possible help), Mateusz Okoński (he convinced Cecylia Malik to organize a protest, discovered a hidden modernist mosaic under the regips and made an exhibition about it as an introduction to the protest, he took part in excogitating the action), Piotr Sikora (he curated the exhibition by Mateusz Okoński on a modernist, hidden mosaic entitled "Cities" of the Hussars in the Lesser Poland Garden of Arts, the exhibition took place the day before the protest and was a substantive introduction), in the preparation of the protest also actively participated: Bartolomeo Koczenasz, Piotr Jargusz, Piotr Dziurdzia, Students of Artistic Education and Painting of the Faculty of Art on the Pedagogical University.
Support: Bunkier Sztuki, Lesser Poland Garden of Arts.
General description of the parade:
On Saturday 22nd March 2014, a golden parade named The City’s Greed was held in Krakow, A golden river of money flowed through one of the city’s main streets, led by a golden calf on a trolley. The action was organized because Hotel Cracovia is one of the most outstanding buildings to have been raised in Krakow after 1956, as part of the so-called ‘Thaw’ that followed Joseph Stalin’s death. In 2011, the building was purchased by the Echo Investment firm, one of the biggest developers in Poland. The company wanted to demolish the hotel and build a shopping mall on the site, twice as large as the original building. This plan paved the way for the destruction of a landmark of late Modernism as well as the surrounding urban space.