A Modern Wonder of the World


Outside of the Whitehall Technology Park in Charlotte, North Carolina is a towering work of installation art by David Cerny called Metalmorphosis.   The seven meter tall (31 feet) steel human head’s grandeur  alludes to the ancient artistic feats of Egypt.  However, Cerny’s masterpiece is stunningly modern.  Metalmorphosis is David’s first permanent public installation in the United States.

“I was thinking about doing something as a centerpiece. I knew that I wanted to emply water from the beginning..”

Metalmorphosis is a 14 ton stainless steel human head divided into horizontal plates that move in a rhythm of constantly deconstructing and reconstructing the human countenance.  The mouth of the head spits a fountain which also spins 360 degrees with the sliding plates and lands in a pool that surrounds the base.  The choreographed movements are controlled by Cerny online, and a webcam allows anyone to view the fountain in real-time at

10862826254_7c999e13d0_oAt night the luminous Metalmorphosis becomes a new vision to behold, with added dimensions created by the lights of the surrounding area.

DSC_7236Metalmorphosis is a majestic work that combines immaculate symmetry of form with the fluid elements of movement, reflection, and water.

maxresdefaultThe shining stainless steel structure of Metalmorphosis reflects its surroundings like an enormous moving mirror and a shimmering metaphor of humanity.

Metalmorphosis-Mirror-Fountain-1Metalmorphosis has seven individually moving levels that seamlessly shift and create constantly changing and always captivating forms.