Public space over the Danube

For the first time in our history, we abolished a boarding ban for three months: we converted a standing boat into a public space within the framework of the Danube Trail 2011 project. Valyo’s first action was to show what kind of Danube shore we envision for Budapest: open, green and playful.

The stationary vessel provided to us by MAHART was converted into a public space on the Belgrade quay, next to the hydrofoil port. For the approximately 70 m long float, we – together with our volunteers – made our own large deck chairs, a giant picnic table (this piece of furniture was used in the Harbor still), and we installed plants.

PIER was open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Anyone could sit on giant deck chairs surrounded by plants, sunbathe, have a picnic. The otherwise closed plant area functioned as a floating public space between July and October, where city dwellers and tourists were once again free to take possession of a short stretch of waterfront. We organized free entertainment programs, sports events, interactive games and film screenings on site.

Photos: Varga Dávid