Once it’s open on 31 October, passengers travelling through or just visiting Changi Airport’s Terminal 4 (T4) will be able to enjoy a visually immersive and theatrical experience with specially curated art and entertainment features by local and international artists. Located at vantage points across the terminal, the collection encapsulates an array of traditional art forms, such as sculptures, as well as kinetic and multimedia installations that provide a colourful and photo-friendly interlude from the hustle and bustle of travel.
One common theme threads through the different art pieces in T4 – their ability to portray the vibrant, fun and positively surprising vibe of the terminal. The team overseeing the artwork started their search five years ago, travelling to Italy, France, Germany and Thailand to meet with artists to conceptualise and design one-of-a-kind art pieces that weave a narrative which brings together art and travel.
Petalclouds, a grand-scale kinetic installation that spans 200 metres of the Central Galleria, is a unique kinetic sculpture that combines art and technology to create a harmonic, collective choreography of six identical ‘petal clouds’. Don’t be fooled by its name though! Although it moves as lightly and unencumbered as clouds, the installation comprises 96 elements, each about 3 metres in diameter and 40 kilogrammes in weight. Because of its sheer size, the team had to assemble it on-site, spending six months fabricating and installing all six clouds in T4.