AIR­PORT ART­WORKS

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.

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PETALCLOUDS

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.

KI­NETIC RAIN

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.

CRYS­TAL GAR­DEN

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.

COM­ING HOME

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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AD­VER­TISE­MENT

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.

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