Aside from 24-hour movie theaters and lush gardens, Singapore Changi Airport also has its own collection of cuttingedge art. Here are five contemporary pieces to look out for.
The artistic centerpiece of Terminal 4 is an impressive arrangement of six kinetic sculptures suspended across a 200- meter stretch of the Central Galleria. Known as
Petalclouds, it’s composed of symmetrical shapes inspired by orchid petals, fusing art, light, and technology in an ensemble that moves gracefully to a classical music score by BAFTA award– winning composer Ólafur Arnalds.
LES OISEAUX ( THE BIRDS)
Also found in Terminal 4, this stainless steel– wire work by French sculptor Cedric Le Borgne depicts two birds in flight above the departure area, while a third stands perched on the ground in arrivals welcoming visitors to Southeast Asia’s garden city.
Perhaps the most famous work of contemporary art in Changi Airport is Kinetic Rain, two large- scale sculptures above Terminal 1’s departure check-in hall that can morph into 16 different configurations such as an airplane, a hotair balloon, and a dragon. Made up of 1,216 bronze droplets,
Kinetic Rain doesn’t just hold the record for the biggest and most complex kinetic sculpture of its kind; it’s also the first to be installed at an airport.
The departure transit lounge in Terminal 3 is the setting for an array of flowering plants in tiered garden beds, interspersed with 12 spherical dandelion sculptures of different sizes. Each of the dandelions glow to create the illusion of floating on water or swaying in the breeze, and were crafted from hand-blown Bohemian glass components in a variety of finishes and textures.
Passengers approaching immigration at Terminal 3 will encounter Chinese artist Han Meilin’s 900- kilogram sculpture of a larger-than- life family some 7.5 meters tall. Han was the chief designer for the Beijing 2008 Olympic mascots, and his Changi piece comprises a steel- cast father, bronze mother, and gold child on the patriarch’s shoulder, all ringed by a flock of birds.
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Clockwise from this photo: A close- up of Kinetic Rain in Terminal 1; part of Terminal 4’s Les Oiseaux ( The Birds); Petalclouds, also in Terminal 4.