An expressive new sculpture at Singapore Changi Airport is a moving tribute to aviation.
Lauded by discerning jetsetters as one of the world’s most impressive focal points for air travel since its 1981 debut, visitors now have a new reason to be captivated by Singapore Changi Airport. The latest feather in Changi’s cap, Kinetic Rain, is an elegant new art installation that resides in the heart of the freshly refurbished Departure Check-In Hall at the building’s Terminal 1.
Encompassing a pair of perfectly coordinated sculptural entities operating in tandem, the thoughtful work by German new media studio Art+Com artfully simulates an uninterrupted spatial dance in thin air, its graceful movements playing on the well-frequented area’s perpetual state of flux.
Composed of a languid formation of delicate bronze droplets, the motor-driven sculpture morphs effortlessly, transforming itself into a multiplicity of fluid shapes that bring to mind the gesture of flight via precision-perfect technology. Recognisable contours — a plane, hot air balloon and a flock of birds — offer themselves up as rhythmic paeans, lightly evoking the splendour of an iconic circular water curtain that once seamlessly merged three stories of the airport.