4 July 2012, Singapore – In a media preview today, Changi Airport presented “Kinetic Rain” – their latest addition to the refurbished Terminal 1 ahead of its official completion ceremony on 18 July 2012. With the “Tropical City” theme, the “Kinetic Rain” kinetic art installation replaces the famous Mylar Cords or commonly known as fishing lines hanging from the ceilings with changing lights in the Departure Check-In Hall before the massive refurbishment.
The fluid motion of raindrops moving up and down is supposed to create a fond memory of flight. These raindrops are secured via industrial strength stainless steel wires is controlled by high precision rotary encoders which keep track of the exact position of the droplet. Kinetic Rain morphs into 16 different shapes such as an airplane, hot air balloon, kite, birds flying or a dragon in a 15 minute segment.
Costing around S$500 million, Changi Airport Terminal 1’s entire refurbishment project includes the terminal’s interior design and finishes, improving passenger flow at key area and upgrading of the exterior façade, Departure Kerbside, Departure Check-in Hall, Departure Transit Lounge and Arrival Hall. Changi Airport Group did not reveal the actual cost of this installation.
JUSSI ÄNGESLEVÄ is not new to Singapore. In November 2007, his work was exhibited at the Digital Art & Technology at Singapore Science Centre. His exhibitions has also traveled to many cities including Czech Republic, Berlin, Venice, London, Madrid, Stockholm, Melbourne, Taiwan, Los Angeles, Helsinki, Montreal, Maryland, Gifu Japan and Hannover.
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