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Oklahoma City in LEGO

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As a kid, I have fond memories of building cool castles, spaceships, and racetracks out of LEGO bricks.  I’ll admit, I’ve even played with some LEGOs as an adult.  These cool little bricks let you build just about anything you can imagine.  So what did LEGO Master Builder Kurt Zimmerle imagine?  Oklahoma City!

Zimmerle spend the summer of 2010 recreating the major landmarks of OKC in LEGO as part of a fundraiser for a new school called EDUCARE.  Called OK Cityscape, Zimmerle began the project in 2009 with a trip to the city.  He drove around and took a large number of pictures.  Then he returned to his home in Michigan to go through his pictures and notes, select the landmarks to recreate, and then draw up some LEGO designs.  This year, he returned to OKC to work up to 12 hours a day on his LEGO creations.  Now his creations are on display at 1100 N. Broadway.

So what will you see in the OK Cityscape display?  Zimmerle has recreated the Ford Center, the Oklahoma City National Memorial, Bricktown, and all of the towers of the OKC skyline.  One of the completed LEGO creations, the Devon Tower, is still being built in real life (but fortunately, it’s not being constructed out of LEGO bricks!).  The entire LEGO display uses over two million bricks!

Zimmerle became a LEGO Master Builder after sending LEGO a video of some of his creations back in 1992 when he was just a young art student.  After he graduated from college in 1996, the company offered him a position as a Master Builder, Zimmerle’s dream job.  Since then, he was built LEGO displays for commercials, toy store promotions, and LEGO displays around the United States. 

The OK Cityscape project is incredibly cool!  Like I said, I have fond memories of playing with LEGOs as a kid and, more recently, of helping my young relatives build things out of the little bricks.  This is one of the more unique exhibits to come to OKC, and I can’t recommend it enough, especially if you have kids who love LEGOs.

If you want to check out the LEGO OK Cityscape, you still have time.  The display will be in Penn Square Mall through December 31.  Admission is $5 for aduilts and $3 for children 12 and under.  More information can be found at http://www.toyscapes.org/ok-cityscape/.

Other blogs about LEGO and the OK Cityscape:

Helen Wallace’s Parties Extra! Blog has a video of the exhibit.

The EDUCARE blog explains more about their mission and talks about recent projects.

A video and some images of the display are available on the OETA blog.  The video is from an episode of Gallery that featured the exhibit.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rachel // Dec 1, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Thanks for highlighting OK Cityscape! I did just want to point out that the exhibit is not at Penn Square, it is downtown at 1100 N. Broadway and will be open to the public through the 31st of December. Proceeds benefit OKC Educare. For more information, please visit http://www.okcityscape.com.

  • 2 Rob Crissinger // Dec 1, 2010 at 10:52 am

    OK CityScape moved downtown for this year. It’s located at 1100 N. Broadway Ave. Also, it has grown since last year. It has more than 2 million LEGOs! http://www.OKCityScape.com

  • 3 matt // Dec 1, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Thanks for the corrections. I’ve edited the post to include the updated information.

  • 4 Theresa // Jul 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Is the lego display still available to see?

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