In Singapore’s revamped Terminal 1, bronze teardrops numbering exactly 1,216 hang suspended from the ceiling.
They seem simple decorative touches – that is, until the specially commissioned “Kinetic Rain” sculpture begins to transform into shapes. That’s when things get mesmerizing.
Seeing this on my reporting trip to Singapore last week, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s own floating sculpture, the lesser-renowned “airFIELD.”
As the name suggests, its attraction is not movement of the suspended circular acrylic pixels, which are themselves fixed. Rather, the sculpture communicates with the control tower and sends a rush of light through the pixels downward for arrivals and upward for departures. With nearly a million plane movements last year, that amounts to one nearly every 40 seconds – mesmerizing in its own right.
Learn more about the Atlanta airport’s art program here.