German Artist Creates ‘World’s Tallest Mural’ in Calgary – Calgary

An international artist is in Calgary for much of June to create a colorful new addition to downtown.

If you want to check it, you’ll have to look up – way up.

Mirko Reisser, who creates his work under the name DAIM, came from his hometown of Hamburg, Germany to paint a large mural on the side of a 31-story building.

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“It’s the tallest mural in the world,” Reisser said.

“I hope people will feel the energy of the painting, a kind of explosion coming out of the wall – hopefully positive energy of course.”

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Reisser came to Calgary to create art for the Beltline Urban Murals Project (BUMP), which has brought about 100 murals to the city since 2017.

BUMP organizer Peter Oliver said the building Reisser is painting on is perfect for such a large project.

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“We’re lucky to have that here,” Oliver said. “They don’t make buildings like this anymore, with such a flat, high wall without windows.

“The wall was there to paint and it was taunting us the whole time, so we decided to do it.”

Since beginning his graffiti career in 1989, Reisser has continued to create murals on several continents.

“I have painted almost all over the world – in Europe, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand – in many places in the United States”

This latest project is one of the highlights of Reisser’s career and he is excited to have the chance to create his new mural in Calgary.

“It’s a great city – I really like it,” Reisser said. “I hope my contribution will bring more positive energy.”

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