This kinetic rain sculpture in the Departure Check-in hall of Changi airport, Singapore is divided into two halves, each section consisting of 608 sculpted rain droplets. The droplets are made from copper covered aluminium suspended in the air with the use of fine steel ropes from the ceiling under the main escalators. Every droplet is individually computer-controlled by a monitor using custom created software. The rain droplets transform into various shapes by moving up and down and follow a 15-minute computer-controlled choreography via motors embedded in the ceiling. It is simply stunning and we wish we could see this sculpture in person as video cannot possibly capture the size and feeling of the movement.
The sculpture was commissioned from agency Art+com who are famous for their unusual and inventive moving pieces. The sculpture is part of the Terminal 1’s $400 million upgrade, which has just been completed. It took 10 months of planning to create and is being billed as the “world’s largest kinetic art sculpture” and has been described by critics as ‘an entrancing metallic ballet’, a sentiment we completely agree with.
Another video of this amazing piece:
For those wanting even more – here is the making of video by German based designers ART+com: