Computer controlled copper ‘raindrops’ cascade through the departure hall.
As part of the 4 million dollar renovation to Singapore’s Changi Airport, German firm ART + COM installed the world’s largest kinetic sculpture, 1,216 cascading copper ‘raindrops’ that move by a computer-controlled motor hidden in the ceilings.
‘Kinetic Rain’ is divided into two 608 piece sets of raindrops, suspended over escalators and spanning an area of 75 meters. The opposing sets of raindrops move in a ’15-minute, computationally designed choreography where [they] move together in unison, sometimes mirroring, sometimes complementing, and sometimes responding to each other.’
ART + COM explains the inspiration behind ‘Kinetic Rain:’
The aim was to develop an identity-and contemplative moment for the departure hall, which stands in contrast to the hectic atmosphere of travel.
‘Kinetic Rain’ hangs in the Departure Hall of Terminal1 at the Changi Airport. Watch a video of the sculpture in motion below: