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Left Attention im CityCenter, Las Vegas

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Artist: Mirko Reisser (DAIM) | "Left attention" | Spraypaint on wall | 4 x 25 m | CityCenter, Las Vegas / USA
Künstler: Mirko Reisser (DAIM) | "Left attention" | Sprühlack auf Wand | 4 x 25 m | CityCenter, Las Vegas / USA

“Owner MGM Resorts International recently installed a street art scene inside Crystals, the property’s luxury shopping complex. German graffiti artist Mirko Reisser, who works under the name DAIM, finished a 69-foot-long by 15-foot-high mural on Aug. 24 called “Left Attention.”

DAIM represents a new generation of street art that uses spray cans and building walls for a canvas; it’s a visual expression open to everyone, free of charge, without an audio guide or gallery docent. (DAIM, incidentally, carries no symbolic meaning as a moniker other than Reisser liked the lettering and characters).

“The aim is to show new sides of graffiti,” Reisser said. “Normally, graffiti means vandalism or gang tagging. I wanted to show it’s much more, taking it from blight to artwork.”


The mural took roughly a week of work to create, with Reisser painting eight hours a night while the mall was closed. Although artist assistants are a common industry practice, especially on large scale commissions, Reisser does everything himself by freehand. MGM sent blueprints of Crystals to DAIM in Hamburg, Germany, from which he created a sketch that was scanned into a computer. Next, Reisser tweaks and the composition to fit the space. Finally, the image gets drawn onto the mural surface and painting begins.

“Left Attention,” in this instance, reflects the building’s angular, complex geometry. Crystals is sheathed in overlapping metal and glass panels with a crystalline form composed of 16,455 pieces of uniquely fabricated steel. Designed by Daniel Libeskind, an architect known for his sculptural forms, the gem-shaped complex has 160 intersecting roof trusses with jewel-shaped skylights and no right angles.

“The three-dimensional quality of Mirko’s work on a flat space was very important,” Dennis said. “This wall needed some attention.”

The painting marks Reisser’s first mural in Las Vegas. DAIM, who also creates canvas paintings, sculptures and consumer items, has widely exhibited work in galleries and art shows throughout Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Australia.”

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