Kinetic Rain by joachim sauter



joachim sauter and Art+Com




Changi Airpot, Singapore


image © Changi Airport Group


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“Kinetic Rain” is an installation commissioned for the newly refurbished Departure-Check-in-hall of Terminal 1 at Singapore Airpot. As a singnature piece it aims to be a source of identity for this location, and provides a moment for passengers to contemplate and reflect despite the busy atmosphere.  
The installtion is composed of two parts, each consisting of 608 rain droplets made of aluminum covered with copper. Suspended from thin steel ropes above the two opposing escalators, each droplet is moved by a computer-controlled motor hidden in the halls ceiling. The entire installation spans a total area of 75 square meters and spreads over 7 meters in height. 
“Kinetic Rain” follows a 15-minute, computationally designed choreography where the two parts move together in unison, sometimes mirroring, sometimes complementing, and sometimes responding to each other. In addition, several spot light sources mounted below the installation create a play of shadows on the terminal’s ceiling as they illuminate the movement of the rain droplets. 
The project was realized in conjunction with my friends and colleagues at ART+COM. Special mention: Jussi Ängeslevä, Susanne Träger, Benjamin Maus, Christian Riekoff. The mechatronic implementation was done by MKT, Olching

from: joachim sauter