For all the mixed reviews of this summer’s installment of the Transformers trilogy – Dark of the Moon – it seems the science fiction epic spawned a cottage industry in Beijing, as full scale Optimus Primes appeared around the city. In the film Prime and his robotic comrades are the epitome of cutting edge – machines capable of turning themselves into, well, other machines. But in real life the imposing robot has the look of a recycled art installation, intricately constructed from chunks of salvaged scrap.
In fact, one 40-foot tall, six ton Optimus Prime appeared in China’s new Green Dream Park, near the famous Bird Nest stadium. It’s an interesting environmental take on the decades-old Sci Fi fantasy, as the giant robot was rehashed from five truckloads of abandoned car and vehicle parts.
It’s unclear how many different Primes have been built, but some images show more than one recycled robot adding to the Beijing skyline. While these examples – though impressive – are little more than recycled art, you can get an idea of how real Transformers might work here.