METALmorphosis

© Lavilo LLC, North Carolina. All rights reserved. Title: Picture of METALmorphosis, sculpture by David Černý in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Located at the Whitehall Corporate Center, METALmorphosis is a 25-foot sculpture designed by famous Czech artist David Černý.

© Lavilo LLC, North Carolina. All rights reserved. Title: Picture of METALmorphosis, sculpture by David Černý in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Sculptor David Černý used about 14 tons of stainless steel in his masterpiece.

© Lavilo LLC, North Carolina. All rights reserved. Title: Picture of METALmorphosis, sculpture by David Černý in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The giant human shaped head has seven separate layers, which can be rotated together...

© Lavilo LLC, North Carolina. All rights reserved. Title: Picture of METALmorphosis, sculpture by David Černý in Charlotte, North Carolina.

... or independently like in a giant jigsaw puzzle.

© Lavilo LLC, North Carolina. All rights reserved. Title: Picture of METALmorphosis, sculpture by David Černý in Charlotte, North Carolina.

At the end, all glittering sections move back into place to form this human shaped head once again.

METALmorphosis

Perhaps inspired by the novella The Metamorphosis of famous countryman and author Franz Kafka, acclaimed Czech sculptor David Černý created this monumental, segmented and horizontally turning head as a centerpiece for the Whitehall Corporate Center, a 200-acre office park a few miles south of Uptown Charlotte.

Born in 1967 in Prague, Czech Republic, David Černý crafted this 25-foot sculpture in the shape of a human head from approximately 14 tons of stainless steel combined with an intricate circuitry of electric motors choreographed to rotate seven separate layers intermittently as to mix the glittering pieces up like in a giant jigsaw puzzle just to effortlessly bring them back together when all is set and done.

Did You Know?

Franz Kafka’s well-known novella The Metamorphosis (German: Die Verwandlung), published in 1915, tells the story of Gregor Samsa, a salesman, who wakes up one morning to find himself transformed into a giant insect, and who subsequently struggles to adjust to his new shape.

Last updated: June 2018

The area surrounding the sculpture as well as the pathway to and from the parking lot are wheelchair accessible.