About the Strange Republic Formed in a BallIt was in the 1970’s, when the Austrian artist Edwin Lipburger decided that he wanted to build a circular shaped house. After the authorities refused to provide him with building permits, Lipburger decided that he was declaring independence from Austria. He called his house the Republic of Kugelmugel (the word Kugel means a ball). He also refused to pay taxes and insisted on printing his own republical stamps.
The authorities, on their part, did not approve of the actions of the kind rebel. In 1979 he was sent to jail for ten weeks, until the president of Austria intervened and pardoned him. He was exiled, in Austria, to another place.
In 1982, the circular house was moved to Prater Park and surrounded by eight barbed wire fences. Lipburger died in 2015, but succeeded in his mission and made the authorities officially recognize his republic. Today it has over 650 citizens, and paradoxically, is run by the government of Vienna. Either way, the Republic of the Circle, or the Republican Ball, is considered to be a particularly prominent tourist attraction in the city of Vienna.
Oh, how the ball keeps turning...