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World’s largest kinetic art sculpture unveiled at Changi Airport

Changi Airport has installed the world’s largest kinetic art sculpture in the departure check-in hall in Terminal 1 that explores the movement of flight through the use of individual droplets which create aviation-related shapes.

The specially commissioned Kinetic Rain sculture consists of two separate pieces that are installed several metres apart and is made from of 1,216 bronze droplets that transform elegantly into 16 shapes, including an aeroplane, hot air balloon and a kite, as well as a dragon and a flock of birds.

Each droplet is connected to motors installed in the ceiling of the departure check-in hall that contain a high precision rotary encoder, which keeps track of the exact position of each droplet. A computer programme is used to control the movement of the droplets to form Kinetic Rain’s unique shapes and patterns.

Kinetic Rain was created over a span of 20 months. Artists, programmers and technologists were engaged to analyse the space available at T1 and conceptualise a masterpiece that would be representative of the newly refurbished T1’s ‘Tropical City’ theme, which is in keeping with Singapore’s garden city status and where rain is very much a part of the tropical climate.

Mr Yeo Kia Thye, senior vice president for Airport Operations, Changi Airport Group, said, “When we decided to upgrade Terminal 1 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.

“With more than a thousand raindrops working together in harmony, Kinetic Rain also symbolises the thousands in the airport community who work together every day to provide our passengers and visitors with a positively surprising and memorable Changi experience.”

An audio commentary and official video are also available for visitors who wish to know more about Kinetic Rain by scanning the QR code present at the display boards at the T1 departure check-in hall with their smartphones.

July 4, 2012


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