Huge Optimus Prime Transformer sculpture created in Geraldton

Tamra CarrThe West Australian
The huge Optimus Prime sculpture.
Camera IconThe huge Optimus Prime sculpture. Credit: Gavin Box

A giant metal sculpture greeting visitors to a Geraldton business is turning heads.

The statue on Place Road is roughly 5m tall, weighs 2.5 tonnes, made of old truck and car parts, and is just about finished.

Co-creator Brad Mason still wants his version of Optimus Prime, a character from the Transformers line of films, cartoons and toys, to be hooked to a smoke machine and have lights shining from his eyes, which he plans to do before his company’s 20th anniversary celebrations on December 8.

Mr Mason made the robot with brother Paul and the team from Road Runner Mechanical Services, with help from other local businesses.

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He said the project to create Prime took about two years.

“We were just doing it in our spare time, in between jobs, a couple of hours here and there,” Mr Mason said.

The sculpture is believed to be the biggest Transformer in Australia.
Camera IconThe sculpture is believed to be the biggest Transformer in Australia. Credit: Gavin Box

“When the Eagles made the final, we had it rigged up in their colours. “It’s just something different for Geraldton.

“As far as we can tell, it’s the biggest Transformer in Australia.”

The Transformers are robots that can change at will into vehicles.

In the past decade their popularity has surged with the release of a series of Hollywood films.

The Masons are in the process of applying to put the Transformer on display at Perth’s Sculpture by the Sea.

Residents can view the Transformer at 283 Place Road, Webberton.

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