essway, through Jan. 3, 2010.
Zimmerle constructed 50 buildings in his replica, which includes areas of downtown and Bricktown, but the project was more than just tinkering with toys. Along with the work Zimmerle put forth, more than 30 local businesses sponsored the exhibit, which serves as a fund-raiser for OKC Educare.
This program will provide 200 children with high-quality educational and caregiving environments, helping prevent them from heading down the path toward academic failure. All proceeds are sent directly to Educare for teachers and opportunities within the new school system.
The cause caught Zimmerle's attention. He recently received his art education certificate from the Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Mich. He worked for the Lego company for one year, and is still called back to work on various projects.
"I've always been an artist, I guess, in one sort or another," Zimmerle said. "You give me paper and some scissors and some paper glue, and I can build all kinds of stuff."
OK CityScape not only features various buildings around town, such as MidFirst Bank and the Devon Tower, but also cars, people and blimps. Zimmerle said if people look closely, they might pick up some subtle "Star Wars" references.
The exhibit is located on the lower level of the Dillard's west wing, between Rockport and The Body Shop. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children.