Changi Airport Tourist Attraction

Changi International Airport Control Tower

Changi International Airport Control Tower

Who would have thought that Singapore’s International Airport, Changi International Airport or simply Changi Airport, could become a tourist attraction. There are a few more airports that feel could qualify as such but since Changi Airport is in my backyard let me share with you the most recent upgrade that is gaining all the attention.

Kinetic Rain Droplets

Kinetic Rain Droplets

I feel it is safe to say that even Singaporeans travel to the airport to eat and perhaps shop and often do not fly off to some exotic destination. How does Changi Airport achieve this? Well, the Changi Airport Group (CAG) goes to great length to ensure top notch facilities are in place, amenities for the tired and hungry traveler and interesting pieces of art or architecture.

When I first arrived in Singapore and traveled I remember the old and quite gloomy looking Terminal 1. There was an art piece that stretched from floor to ceiling. The art piece was a sort of water sculpture or waterfall. Not sure what category it would be best labelled. Anyway, the object was simple cords which had water droplets streaming down and some pretty coloured lights.

Kinetic Rain Wave Form

Kinetic Rain Wave Form

With the revamp CAG decided to source something new. Luckily the idea was also reminiscent of the original sculpture. The sculpture is titled, Kinetic Rain. At first glance it doesn’t look like much, simple bronze coloured teardrop shaped pieces hanging by some cord. The magic happens when the droplets are put in motion by highly accurate motors. The individually controlled droplets can then move in unison and through pre-programming make different patterns and shapes.

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The installation is so hypnotic that you can be mesmerized, at least for 15 minutes, which is the current length of the pre-progamming.

I shot a compressed time video (time-lapse) of the entire sequence and you can watch it here in super-speed mode. In this representation it takes on another different kind of form. Never-the-less it is fascinating to watch.

 

 

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