Written by Susan Miller on Thursday October 8, 2009
After months of painstaking work, brick artist (Lego, that is) Kurt Zimmerle is back home in Michigan working on his Halloween haunted houses. What he’s left behind is a masterpiece that will benefit Oklahoma City’s poverty stricken children for years to come.
Zimmerle constructed about 50 Oklahoma City buildings like the state capital, the Skirvin Plaza, Bricktown and the as yet unbuilt (in real life) new Devon tower. (It stands 9 feet tall) out of Lego bricks. Anyone who saw his work in progress would ask, “How many bricks did you use?” Kurt hasn’t done an exact count because he says he does not have time, but he estimates he has used around 1,000,000 bricks to construct OK Cityscapes.
OK Cityscapes is this display’s official title. To say it is amazing would not be an exaggeration. You can see OK Cityscapes beginning November 14th and through the holidays at Penn Square Mall. Proceeds will go toward operating costs of Oklahoma City Educare, a new state of the art child care and education facility for children living under the federal poverty level. ‘
Our cameras were rolling on much of the construction of OK Cityscapes. We’ll show you how it all come together and what it takes to be a “brick artist” on Gallery: Brick by Brick. That’s November 4th at 9:00pm.
Written by David Tamez on Monday October 5, 2009
Beyond Metal is a Design Workshop, founded by Stan Carroll, in 1998 as a full service sculpture, architecture, and fabrication shop. Watch our next Gallery on October 15th at 8pm, and see sparks fly as Stan challenges his creativity while constructing wonderful works of art that strike a balance between form and function.
Gallery Episode 1003
Written by David Tamez on Tuesday September 1, 2009
On our next Gallery Show..
An Oklahoma landmark has a new lease on life thanks to the Chickasaw Nation. The McSwain Theatre in Ada is a 90 year old icon that is now a state of the art live entertainment venue. Once a venue for Vaudeville, the old theatre has a new lease on life and she’s more popular than ever. Join Gallery as we take a trip down memory lane with patrons who have been part of the McSwain’s past and are now part of its future.
Plus the 3d metal work of Oklahoma City Aritst Stan Carroll. You won't believe his unusual designs and tantalizing sculptures that has gained him national recognition.
Written by David Tamez on Wednesday August 26, 2009
Gallery has been given special permission to follow a very unique story which will air in November.
There are only 40 Lego Masters in the world and he has held the title. Now, Kurt Zimmerle is using what he calls “the brick” to create his version of Oklahoma City . It’s a special project put together by a venture capitalist to raise money to benefit city children.
Zimmerle has recreated the Skirvin Hotel, the state capitol, the Chase Bank building, Bricktown, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, complete with a Chihuly exhibit, the National Memorial, the Chesapeake Energy complex, the Bank One building and a host of other city landmark buildings, including a future landmark…the new Devon Tower .
Gallery goes to the construction site that fills a warehouse to follow the progress of this Lego version of Oklahoma City and to talk with the brick artist who spent months building it.
Don’t miss Gallery in November. We don’t use the word “amazing” very often, but in this case, we’ll make an exception. You’ll be amazed by this artist’s work and we’re pretty sure you’ll suddenly discover a burning desire to go buy some Legos.
Written by David Tamez on Wednesday September 2, 2009
The Making of Sunpots
What happens when 12 green teenagers team up with a seasoned Hollywood actor, writer,
and producer to try to make a movie in just one week?
Don't miss the drama, the comedy and out whacky shenanigans when Gallery takes you behind the scenes for the "Making of Sunspots".
TImothy Fall has worked with Clint Eastwood, Bob Newhart, he's been on Cheers and a host of other sit-coms and Movies. But he put all that aside when he recently moved to Oklahoma from Los Angeles in search of a more peaceful life for his family. Little did he know what he was getting himself into when he signed up for the "City Arts Center Dead Center Film Bootcamp" to teach a dozen kids the real life world of making a short film.
You won't want to miss out on all the behind the scenes action in this great summer adventure and see the movie the kids were able to produce in 5 short days. Audiences (of parents) are raving about "Sunpots".