A Monument to the Human Race
David Cerny’s Speederman was featured in Amsterdam’s third annual light festival in 2013. Speederman is a four meter tall silver figure whose rapid movement is conveyed behind the sleek male form in a permanent tailwind of color and steel. At first glance, Speederman could be confused with Marvel’s Silver Surfer, or perhaps the liquid metal Terminator from Terminator II. However, David Cerny is not in the business of creating comic book characters. His art is often a poignant political and societal commentary.
Speederman celebrates the human form, possibly conveying thoughts on evolution, or commenting on the pace of contemporary life. Regardless of the onlooker’s interpretation, the installation is stunning. The lines depicting motion are illuminated by lights that change in color and add dramatic effects to Speederman.