August 12, 2016
Constructed at the Whitehall Technology Park in Charlotte, North Carolina, Metalmorphosis, is a mirrored water fountain by controversial Czech sculptor David Černý.
Notorious for his rebellious, politically charged, large-scale, interactive sculptures, Černý has a seemingly tame yet cheeky message with Metalmorphosis. If you look deeper into the layers of this sculpture, Metalmorphosis seems to offer up several nods to Černý's rebellious side. As the layers rotate independently they create almost eerie and unrecognizable forms. And as they come together they create a face that spits water from its mouth.
This 7.6m high, 14-ton sculpture is made from massive nickel-containing stainless steel layers, primarily Type 304 (UNS S30400) for durability and long life. The creation consists of nearly 40 steel pieces grouped into seven segments that rotate 360-degrees. Custom-written programs control the motors of each segment and are choreographed and controlled by Černý himself through the internet. The image, with its highly polished stainless surface, is reflected in the pool of water below the sculpture. And the internal plumbing is comprised largely of stainless steel as well.
As for his inspiration, he notes that it is ‘something of a self-portrait’ of his own psyche. Metalmorphosis even has its own live webcam.