Parts trans­formed into Prime art

Geraldton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - Tamra Carr

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.

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.

“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.

Pic­ture: Tamra Carr

Paul Ma­son with the gi­ant metal sculp­ture of Op­ti­mus Prime.

Pic­ture: Gavin Box

Op­ti­mus Prime, be­fore his lat­est ad­di­tions.

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