MGM Resorts International & Eataly Las Vegas Unveil Large-Scale Mural by Renowned Artist Patrick Vale at Park MGM
LAS VEGAS (December 12, 2019) – MGM Resorts Art & Culture presents a new artwork by Brooklyn-based artist Patrick Vale at Eataly Las Vegas at Park MGM. By evoking Italy’s rich history, Vale’s piece, titled Some Drawings I Made Whilst Waiting For The Agnolotti, showcases various regions as well as their exceptional food and culinary traditions.
The work provides a visual application of Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti’s philosophy: to enjoy sustainable, authentic cuisine, shop the best products available and feel empowered to learn about Italian culture. To create the artwork, Vale drew inspiration from the Eataly team’s mantra: “Food Unites All.” He also spent time in both Eataly New York and Eataly Las Vegas studying and sketching the food, chefs and atmosphere to encompass the concept in his artwork.
Vale used his exceptional talent and advanced technology to create this incredibly detailed digital painting for Eataly and Park MGM. An accomplished draftsman known for his representations of urban landscapes, Vale has worked closely with Apple over the last five years, helping to launch the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, and was also recently featured in the company’s marketing campaigns and at several keynote presentations. Vale also has a custom commissioned design at Eataly in Flatiron Plaza, the first ever-kiosk across from its Manhattan flagship store that highlights two Eataly staples – Pizza al Padellino and artisanal gelato.
“This piece is conceptually simple,” said Vale. “I have married together views of Italy with observational studies of fresh food produce and the traditional process of making pasta. Hopefully the viewer will get a sense of the beauty and history of the country, as well as the Italian people’s passion for the food and produce alongside the traditions that goes into making many of the dishes. I wanted to give an equal footing to all the different elements in the piece, the places, the food and the tools of pasta making so I depicted all to the same level of detail and played with the scale.”
The finished piece boasts a width of nearly 79 feet and a height of 27 feet, showcasing elements woven together, rooted in graphical representations of Italian regions and typography inspired by 1930s travel posters. The painting is located above Eataly’s interior entrance inside Park MGM
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About Patrick Vale
Patrick Vale is a British artist based in Brooklyn, New York, best known for his large drawn depictions of cities. Since moving from London to the United States 4 years ago, he has split his time making large paintings for collectors and collaborating on large-scale commercial projects. In 2018 he was approached by Björn Ulvaeus from ABBA and worked alongside him to create Björn’s version of an autobiography for the book "You are who you meet”. Most recently he has worked with Ian Happ, third baseman of the Chicago Cubs, to create unique drawings from a player’s perspective of the iconic Wrigley Field and will produce three large drawings that will be part of charity efforts by Happ and the Cubs. Forthcoming work includes a book project with American radio legend Roman Mars (99% invisible). More information on the artist may be found at www.patrickvale.co.uk @patrickvaleartist.
About MGM Resorts Art & Culture
MGM Resorts Art & Culture focuses on commissioning, collecting, supporting and presenting contemporary art in and around MGM Resorts’ destinations globally. Currently the MGM Resorts Art Collection includes more than 800 pieces by over 200 artists.
MGM Resorts Art & Culture was established in 2016 to encompass all of MGM Resorts’ collections and varied art-related initiatives and partnerships to develop a comprehensive, multifaceted arts program. Reflecting the company’s core values of inclusivity and diversity, MGM Resorts Art & Culture aims to create special, accessible experiences for all audiences. Each project thoughtfully considers the artist, the environment, and the overall experience, recognizing the power of art to evoke emotion, engage the senses, and spark conversation. Art is prevalent throughout MGM Resorts distinctive world-class brands including Bellagio, ARIA, Vdara, MGM Grand, and Delano Las Vegas; as well as MGM National Harbor outside of Washington, D.C., MGM Springfield in Massachusetts, and internationally at MGM MACAU and MGM COTAI.
Examples include works by Alice Aycock (National Harbor, Maryland), Jenny Holzer (ARIA, Las Vegas), Antony Gormley (ARIA, Las Vegas), Maya Lin (ARIA, Las Vegas), Robert Rauschenberg (Bellagio, Las Vegas), Nancy Rubins (Vdara, Las Vegas), James Turrell (ARIA, Las Vegas), among many others.
About Eataly USA
Focused on providing high quality, sustainable products for all, Eataly is the largest Italian retail and dining experience in the world, transforming the way consumers experience food, beverage and, culture. At Eataly, guests have the unique opportunity to experience Italian culture through markets, counters, cafés, restaurants and educational offerings that explore the best food and beverage options Italy’s 20 regions and the world has to offer. Since Oscar Farinetti first opened Eataly Torino Italy in 2007, his philosophy has spread to 39 stores across the world, including our US flagship NYC Flatiron (2010), Chicago (2013), NYC Downtown (2016), Boston (2016), L.A. (2017), Vegas (2018), Toronto (opening in 2019), and Dallas (opening in 2020). Eataly Las Vegas, the authentic Italian marketplace, opened at Park MGM on December 27, 2018. The 40,000-square-foot culinary destination located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip features over a dozen unique food counters, two full-service restaurants, three bars, two cafes, an educational Chef’s Table and a market that all offer traditional Italian food in a vibrant ambiance. To learn more about Eataly please visit www.Eataly.com.
About Park MGM
Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas are the newest luxury destinations on the Las Vegas Strip, offering an intimate resort experience on a grand scale. A partnership between MGM Resorts International and New York-based Sydell Group, Park MGM features 2,700 guest rooms and suites; and the Las Vegas extension of Sydell’s NoMad features 293 well-appointed guest rooms and suites. The resort’s remarkable culinary program features NoMad Restaurant and NoMad Bar from Will Guidara and Daniel Humm; L.A. legend Roy Choi’s Korean BBQ concept, Best Friend; Hogsalt Hospitality’s renowned Bavette’s Steakhouse; and the 40,000-square-foot vibrant Italian marketplace, Eataly, among other dining and cocktail experiences. Park Theater, the resort’s entertainment destination, is a 5,200-seat venue home to special engagements by Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Aerosmith and other top entertainers. Park MGM is also home to the unique nightlife concept from LA-based Houston Hospitality, On The Record. Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas are located in the heart of The Strip, next to the entertainment and dining neighborhood created by The Park and the 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena. Park MGM is owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit ParkMGM.com, call toll-free at 888-529-4828 or follow on Facebook or Twitter.
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