Sculpture Art: "Metalmorphosis" by David Cerny
Czech artist David Černý is known for creating unusual, astonishing public art works. From a tank painted pink to a clan of futuristic babies climbing up Prague’s TV Tower. And now this phenomenal “Metalmorphosis” displayed at the Whitehall Technology Park in North Carolina. Standing guard over the American Asset Corporation’s 3701 Whitehall Corporate Center. The sculpture is a stainless steel water fountain with the giant head that rotates, spits water, deconstructs, and reconstructs right before our eyes.
David Černý says of Metalmorphosis, his first permanent public installation in the United States, “I was thinking about doing something as a centerpiece. I knew I wanted to employ water from the beginning.” The sculpture, which stands 25 feet tall and was fabricated from approximately 14 tons of stainless steel, is in the shape of a human head, with water flowing from its mouth into a large fountain at its base.
The structure is comprised of seven separate layers that rotate intermittently, dissecting the sculpture’s features. Custom-written programs control motors embedded within the structure to orchestrate choreographed sequences. Every motor has a feedback switch so the computer knows where each piece is at any given moment, allowing for random motion within the sequences. This movement is controlled via the Internet by Černý himself and represents a continuation of his work that incorporates mechanical engineering and computers as an integral part of the design. Live streaming video of the sculpture in motion can be viewed online at www.metalmorphosis.tv.