METALmorphosis

Updated: April 2019


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. An intricate circuitry of electric motors rotates 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.


Located at the Whitehall Corporate Center,  METALmorphosis  is a 25-foot sculpture designed by famous Czech artist David Černý, who used about 14 tons of stainless steel in his masterpiece.

Located at the Whitehall Corporate Center, METALmorphosis is a 25-foot sculpture designed by famous Czech artist David Černý, who used about 14 tons of stainless steel in his masterpiece.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.



3700 Arco Corporate Dr, Charlotte, NC 28273

 
 
 

All day.


All year.


No admission.


Free on-premise parking.


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