It’s ‘raining’ art: Changi Airport unveils giant art sculpture

By Zaki JufriEvents - 05 July 2012 2:13 PM | Updated 2:34 PM

It’s ‘raining’ art: Changi Airport unveils giant art sculpture

Hands up if you remember that really cool water feature in Changi Airport's Terminal 1; the one with the strings.

If you do, then you'll probably remember the times you just stood there trying to figure out how its works.

Well, Singapore's Changi Airport unveiled a new installation and it's the world's largest kinetic art sculpture.

This comes with the airport's newly refurbished Terminal 1.

Titled ‘Kinetic Rain’, this specially commissioned sculpture comes as a pair, each installed several metres apart from each other and visible from many areas of the revamped Departure Check-in Hall.

‘Kinetic Rain’ is made up of 1,216 bronze droplets that transform into multiple shapes, akin to ‘poetry in motion’, CAG said. Carrying an aviation theme, the key element in every shape shows the movement of flight through fluid movements, controlled by a computer programme.

Yeo Kia Thye, Changi Airport Groups’ senior vice president of airport operations said, “When we decided to upgrade T1 in 2008, we were mindful that people have fond memories of the terminal, including the old Mylar Cords, the circular curtain of water that straddled three stories of the building”

“We wanted an art sculpture – which we found in Kinetic Rain – that was able to add the signature touch linking back to T1’s illustrious past in a new and exciting way,” Yeo adds.

Also see: Kinetic Rain photo gallery

The sculpture, the first of its kind in airports globally, can also fashion itself into shapes resembling planes, balloons and kites. You can also make out a dragon and a flock of birds among the 16 different programmed segments.

It was created by Berlin firm Art + Com. The firm which specialises in media installations and architecture, created a similar piece for the BMW Museum in 2008.

You can check out ‘Kinetic Rain’ at Changi Airport Terminal 1 Departure Hall.