Public Art : Yellow Submarine
Sculptor/ Artist : Max Cramer obtained it and painted
Date : c. 1970's
Description : A big 10 ton yellow submarine on
the main street (too big for anyone to consider stealing )
Location : Original location was on Marine Terrace
(next to the old Museum) Geraldton, Western Australia. New Home will be Francis Street.
History of the Yellow Submarine : I ummed and
ahhed about putting this on the Public Art site, but as it has been such an important icon in the City
of Geraldton for an awfully long time, I thought it was the least I could do (and because it is
yellow). The Yellow submarine (which wasn't always yellow) came to rest off the foreshore of Geraldton's main
drag in the 1970's, after it failed as a lobster catcher. Yes, that's right, originally the sub was built to
harvest green (or painted) crayfish located in tropical waters in the North West (don't ask me how !). It was
thought the crayfish weren't responding to conventional baited pots, so they came up with this unconventional
method. Imagine the lobster's surprise when this big yellow thing came a calling.
In 2007 it was agreed the old yellow tub needed a makeover and local businesses, volunteers ,
Lottery West and even the West Australian State Government came to the party to help with the refurbishment
costs. The submarine makeover will include a sandblast, a new coat of yellow paint and a few little modifications.
The modifications include lights which will be place both inside and outside the sub to
highlight (and I quote) "workings of the futuristic machine". When the restoration is complete the Yellow
Submarine will have a new home on the Francis Street.
Well, blow me down if they don't have a refurbishment committee! The director of technical services
is quoted as saying " it will make the submarine more relevant to visitors ". More relevant in what way, I may ask
Trivia : It was Max Cramer's idea to paint the
submarine yellow, he was influenced by a particular Beatles song.