Travelers welcome the sight of 1,216 kinetic copper raindrops

It's not often you're glad to see rain when you're traveling, but these 1,216 shiny, copper raindrops making up the world's largest kinetic sculpture are wowing people now passing through Singapore's Changi Airport.

Gracing the departure hall, the sculpture "Kinetic Rain" is suspended over the escalators and spans an area of over 807 feet. Computer controlled motors are hidden in the ceiling and help choreograph the movement of copper raindrops into 15-minute performance "sets."

The raindrops are divided into two 608-piece sections and their movement could be in unison with each other or be independent. They may sometimes complement or respond to each other as they dance.

No doubt figuring out what the drops will do next is part of their charm.

The Kinetic Rain sculpture is part of a massive four million dollar renovation to Singapore's Changi Airport and was created by German firm ART+COM. One of their goals was to create a "contemplative moment for the departure hall, which stands in contrast to the hectic atmosphere of travel."

The sculpture looks pretty cool, and I would love to see if it does provide for any kind of self-reflection. Having travelled through Changi Airport several times I can tell you it is easy to be dazzled by the scenery - which ranges from butter sculptures to a neon, blue-clad Santa with pinwheel eyes, an open-air bar with karaoke at one end and live sports on TV at the other and plenty of other stuff in between.

In short, moving through Changi Airport was like visiting the midway at a state fair on demolition derby night.

If some sense of calm and quiet wonder has descended with the "rain" in Changi's departure hall I applaud those who are responsible for the tremendous image turn around.


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