Thursday, 29 Mar, 2012 Offbeat

Chinese Artist Opens Transformers-Inspired Theme Park


Zhu Kefeng is a Chinese artist that managed to accomplish his dream and built the Mr. Iron Robot theme-park enriched with various metal sculptures that resemble famous Transformers.

The 49-year-old artist used recycled car parts and machine tools to build his transformers. It would be interesting to note that Zhu has been accomplishing his dream for over ten years and finally, last month, he opened the doors of the theme-park to those who enjoy the cartoon, the movie and metal.

Another interesting fact is that the theme-park was built on a 225-hectare abandoned factory located in Jiaxing, east China's Zhejiang Province. It boasts 600 Transformers-inspired sculptures, with each model being about 10 feet tall.

Some of the most popular works include Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Megatron. In addition, visitors can view various dragons and cartoon figures made the same way as the Transformers sculptures.

The artist said that his park gained a lot of popularity among children. He plans to create more metal sculptures for the theme-park.

The construction of Mr. Iron Robot theme-park began in 2010. Zhu invested the money he collected after selling his numerous small metal sculptures that he made throughout his life. He also sold his apartment in Shanghai to be able to buy the territory for the park.

On March 20, 2012, Zhu's theme park was given status as a tourist attraction, which means that he is now the owner of China's first theme park that has sculptures made of recycled metal.

[via Xinhua]

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