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No giant breast on Krakow pagan mound, say art protection group

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Peter Gentle 25.05.2012 11:46
Kraków art conservationists do not want the landmark pagan Krak Mound being turned into a giant woman’s breast for the "ArtBoom" visual arts festival.

Krakow Mound: photo - wikicommons/wiwok

The idea to do so was a winning project submitted by Ba-Bi Tandem, two women artists, Ilona Barszcz and Marysia Bitka, from the city of Opole.

The work is entitled Dream of Krak - stronghold 33 and was intended to be displayed during the arts festival which starts on 15 June.

"This was my favourite proposal, it was light and witty," member of the jury Joanna Erbel, who specializes in social art, told the Gazeta Wyborcza daily.

Historians have always been split on whether the Krak Mound (Kopiec Kraka) was either a 7th-century monumental tomb, fortification or pagan temple.

The Krak Mound and the similar Wanda Mound (Kopiec Wandy) are well-known landmarks, 16.7 metres and 14.6 metres high respectively.

The Committee for the Protection of Kraków Monuments has protested against the mound being turned into a giant woman’s breast, arguing that it is considered to be a burial place and deserves respect.

Kraków residents are also reportedly not amused.

The city authorities first decided to alter the location for the project but in the end the whole thing was scrapped. (pg/ek)

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