Metalmorphosis

Massive mirrored sculpture

A wonder of North Carolina is a large 14-ton mirrored stainless steel sculpture and fountain that rotate 360 degrees, resembling a giant human head when alighted.

Metalmorphosis is a fascinating mirrored 7.6 m (25 ft) tall sculpture and fountain created by Czech sculptor, David Černý. Commissioned by Riprand Count Arco, founder and chairman of American Asset Corporation, Černý created this one-of-a-kind sculpture for the 200-acre Whitehall Corporate Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, where it sits in a large reflecting pool.

The sculpture, fabricated from about 14-ton of polished stainless steel layers and rotating 360 degrees resembles a giant human head when alighted and dispenses water from its mouth into a large fountain base. The structure is comprised of seven separate layers that rotate intermittently, dissecting the sculptures features. Custom-written programs control motors embedded within the structure to orchestrate choreographed sequences.

Every motor has a feedback switch so the computer knows where each piece is at any given moment, allowing for random motion within the sequences. This movement is controlled via the Internet by David Černý himself that incorporates mechanical engineering and computers as an integral part of the design.

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