Kinetic Rain is a moving sculpture that was installed in early July 2012 in the Departure-Check-in hall of Terminal 1 of Singapore Changi Airport as part of that terminal's refurbishment. Spanning an area of Template:Convert and a height of Template:Convert, it has been billed as the world's largest kinetic sculpture.
The installation consists of two separate segments, installed several meters apart. Each segment consists of 608 copper-plated aluminum raindrops, each of which weighs Template:Convert and is suspended by a thin wire. Computer-controlled motors attached to the wires can move each raindrop up and down independently, and thereby make the elements form elaborate moving shapes. The installation is programmed to make the elements morph into 16 different shapes during a 15-minute loop, including flight-related shapes such as airplanes, kites or hot air balloons.
Kinetic Rain was created over a period of two years by artists, animators and programmers from the German design firm Art+Com. Its cost has not been made public. According to Art+Com, the sculpture "aims to be a source of identity for its location, and provides a moment for passengers to contemplate and reflect".
Intrusion and damageEdit
On 2 November 2013, a Chinese national climbed over a railing and perched on the netting present below the sculpture, damaging it in the process. She was later arrested under the Mental Health Act.