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Mur Island


The artificial floating Mur Island is a technically sophisticated and challenging structure created for the historic city of Graz in Austria as part of the Graz European City of Culture celebrations in 2003. The island, which is connected by two access ramps and footbridges to the riverbanks, contains an amphitheatre, café/bar and a children's playground. The island was designed by New York based conceptual artist Vito Acconci and the Acconci Studio, in collaboration with locally based architectural practice Thomas Siegl, and project managed by Graz resident Robert Punkenhofer of Art & Idea. The island was originally intended as a temporary structure but due to its popularity has now become a permanent feature of the city.