The Kinetic Rain Art Installation at the Changi Airport in Singapore, Terminal 1, is one of the most magnificent art installations I’ve seen in the past few decades. I consider it art as dance. Depicting the joy of rain, as well as flight in general, it is mesmerizing to watch!
Kinetic Rain is made up of 1,216 bronze droplets that transform elegantly into multiple shapes, akin to poetry in motion. Carrying an aviation theme, the key element in every shape shows the movement of flight through slow, fluid movements. Some of the more recognisable shapes include an aeroplane, hot air balloon and a kite. One can also make out a dragon and a flock of birds amongst the 16 different programmed segments.
Kinetic Rain was designed by a team from ART+COM that includes Benjamin Maus, creator of the “perpetual storytelling apparatus,” and artist Jussi Angesleva. It took 10 months of planning to design, engineer and set up, which seems amazing to me as I would have thought it would take so much longer due to the complexity.
“In a nutshell, it’s about the dream of flying.” Jussi Ängeslevä, creative director of German design office ART+COM
The 1,216 aluminum raindrops are each coated in gleaming milled copper. Each of the droplets is suspended from the ceiling by a thin steel rope, connected to a system of individual motors embedded in a drop ceiling. The copper drops rise and fall in sequences programmed by ART+COM’s computational designers. At certain moments, they converge into shapes–a parabolic arc, or even a sketch of a jet plane. At other moments, they fall through the atrium like actual raindrops.
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And, check out this magnificent piece of art in the video below…I recommend that you watch it full screen.