German design studio ART+COM have completed the “Kinetic Rain” art installation for the departure hall of Terminal 1 at Changi Airport in Singapore.
According to Art+Com, the sculpture “aims to be a source of identity for its location, and provides a moment for passengers to contemplate and reflect”.
Kinetic Rain is a moving sculpture that was installed in early July 2012 in the Departure-Check-in hall of Terminal 1 of Singapore’s Changi Airport as part of that terminal’s renovation. Spanning an area of 75 square metres (810 sq ft) and a height of 7.3 metres (24 ft), it has been billed as the world’s largest kinetic sculpture.
The installation consists of two separate segments, installed several meters apart. Each segment consists of 608 copper-plated aluminum raindrops, each of which weighs 180 grams (6.3 oz) and is suspended by a thin wire. Computer-controlled motors attached to the wires can move each raindrop up and down independently, and thereby make the elements form elaborate moving shapes. The installation is programmed to make the elements morph into 16 different shapes during a 15-minute loop, including flight-related shapes such as airplanes, kites or hot air balloons.
The Kinetic Rain in action:
Kinetic Rain was created over a period of two years by Jussi Angesleva, a Finnish artist based in Germany, together with 15 artists, animators and programmers from Angesleva’s design firm Art+Com. Its cost has not been made public.