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Brief Published: 27 Jul 2012

Kinetic Art Installation at Changi Airport, Singapore


Airports around the world are locked in fierce competition. Many are turning to art to boost their reputations and assert themselves as more than generic transient spaces (see our thread on Heathrow Airport’s Art Installation).  

Singapore’s Changi Airport is no exception thanks to Kinetic Rain – a kinetic installation at its newly refurbished Terminal 1 departure hall. Designed by German design group Art+Com, the two-part installation is suspended from the terminal ceiling above two opposing escalators, located 7.3 metres below.

Each section comprises 608 copper-coated aluminium raindrops, suspended from steel wires. The lightweight droplets are individually connected to a computer-controlled motor hidden in the ceiling. This allows them to rise and fall in choreographed patterns.

According to the designers, Kinetic Rain was installed to evoke a calming atmosphere within the space. It helps passengers contemplate and relax during what can be a hectic – and stressful – travel experience.

The dual elements of the installation move in unison, similar to a physical echo, creating a complementary sequence that lasts for 15 minutes. Spotlights have been positioned beneath the installation, which covers an area of 75 square metres, to allow a myriad of shadows to cascade on to the terminal ceiling.

For further information on how airports are investing in innovative spatial design to rise above the competition, see our report, New Airport Design: Spaces to Romance the Traveller.