The river Mur traverses the city of Graz in its very heart. While there are no longer boats making their way down towards the Black Sea, the Mur remains a great attraction. In 2003 when the city was named Cultural Capital of Europe, New York based architect Vito Acconci built an artificial island to make the water more accessible. The resulting Murinsel, which elegantly floats between the two banks has since then served as a cultural meeting spot for the city dwellers. The island is a bridge between the two halves of the city, thus also connecting Graz in a literal sense. Its futuristic exterior and clam-shape make for an interesting contrast with the historic old town that unfolds behind it.