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It's "Raining Metal" At Refurbished SIN T1  
User currently offlinehuaiwei From Singapore, joined Oct 2008, 1114 posts, RR: 2
Posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4071 times:

Changi's oldest terminal is putting up its finishing touches for its latest and most comprehensive refurbishment. Truth be told, I was rather dejected by the look of the new departure hall when I last visited a month ago. Somehow everything looked rather ordinary and something seemed missing. Yeap, some of you may remember t(e multi-stored "wired sculpture" which looked like a huge fountain which used to grace the original hall when it opened back in 2011, and I was horrified to see it removed.

Yesterday, I discovered that they actually have something to replace that void...a new moving sculpture which they claim is the world's largest, called "Kinetic Rain". Here's a visual comparison of the two:

http://superadrianme.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/1-Kinetic-Rain.jpg

Here is a series of youtube videos which shows the sculpture in motion:

The background: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4-AUVBuZ-4&feature=relmfu

The sculpture itself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXuQnDeIyY8&feature=relmfu

Amateur video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjskY0TwXa0&feature=related

The sculpture was put into motion yesterday, and will be fully operational on the 18th this month.

What do you guys think? I still miss the "fountains", but I suppose this will grow on me.

[Edited 2012-07-05 11:04:20]


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User currently offlinemcr From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3225 times:
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Quoting huaiwei (Thread starter):
What do you guys think? I still miss the "fountains", but I suppose this will grow on me.

I've been through Changi many times, but don't recall every seeing the "fountains". This new sculpture looks absolutely amazing though, can't wait to see it - next planned visit to Changi not until next March though, sadly. I'll plan some extra time to watch this "rain"!


User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6372 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3118 times:

What, no flower fan sculpture? I'm thoroughly disappointed   OTOH, a nice change...T1 had a 70's/80's vibe to it.


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User currently offlineloalq From Switzerland, joined Jan 2007, 224 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3094 times:

It is a great installation, I was amazed when first seeing it last week.

Flying in and out of Changi is such a joy, it continues to be the best airport experience out there and an example to be followed by all other. Congrats to the people managing Changi International, it surely deserves all the praise it gets.



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User currently offlinehuaiwei From Singapore, joined Oct 2008, 1114 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2817 times:

Quoting mcr (Reply 1):
I've been through Changi many times, but don't recall every seeing the "fountains".

You have not seen the tall "founains" as shown in the left picture?



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User currently offlinehuaiwei From Singapore, joined Oct 2008, 1114 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2817 times:

Quoting mcr (Reply 1):
I've been through Changi many times, but don't recall every seeing the "fountains".

Oh? You have not seen the "fountains" as shown in the left photo?



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User currently offlinegr8circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3099 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2459 times:

Quoting huaiwei (Thread starter):
a huge fountain which used to grace the original hall when it opened back in 2011

Did you mean to say back in the early 80's? That's when Changi opened, I think....and it was only T1 at that time......I travelled through T1 back in 1992 and remember seeing the fountain which appears in the left hand frame of the pics you've posted above.....it was really amazing.....


User currently offlinepoLOT From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 2159 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2440 times:

I have never been to SIN, and I don't know what exactly has been changed in T1, but based on the picture I got to say I prefer the look of the "old" T1 versus the refurbished one.

User currently offlineje89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2360 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2307 times:
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Quoting poLOT (Reply 7):
I have never been to SIN, and I don't know what exactly has been changed in T1, but based on the picture I got to say I prefer the look of the "old" T1 versus the refurbished one.

To be fair, the picture doesn't quite show the full renovated departure hall of T1. As much as I miss the old T1 and those fountains, the new T1 looks quite nice.


User currently offline9VSIO From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 713 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2026 times:
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Quoting mcr (Reply 1):
I've been through Changi many times, but don't recall every seeing the "fountains".

You haven't been through enough times then!

The new art installation reminds me of something I once saw at the BMW Museum in Munich.

http://youtu.be/W9vBnScZx9E



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User currently offlinehuaiwei From Singapore, joined Oct 2008, 1114 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1758 times:

Quoting gr8circle (Reply 6):
Did you mean to say back in the early 80's? That's when Changi opened, I think....and it was only T1 at that time......I travelled through T1 back in 1992 and remember seeing the fountain which appears in the left hand frame of the pics you've posted above.....it was really amazing.....

Oh yes I meant 1981. The "fountain" was not earth-shaking, but I have always thought it was real water as a child and the revelation left a lasting impression. So when it disappeared, somehow I felt a part of my childhood was gone.

Quoting poLOT (Reply 7):
I don't know what exactly has been changed in T1

They totally redid the interior of the terminal, and expanded more space for retail and facilities etc. You can see the new ceiling in this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6vkqzhDmcM



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User currently offlinerogercamel From Singapore, joined Feb 2012, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1511 times:

This looks awesome. Will be particularly impressive at night when the sculpture is reflected in the glass.
I'm gonna get my drive to drop me off at T1 when I fly out this Saturday, even though T3 is where I need to be.


User currently offlineAngMoh From Singapore, joined Nov 2011, 483 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1330 times:

Quoting rogercamel (Reply 11):
This looks awesome. Will be particularly impressive at night when the sculpture is reflected in the glass.
I'm gonna get my drive to drop me off at T1 when I fly out this Saturday, even though T3 is where I need to be.

Did the same last Saturday: departed from T3 but walked over to T1 to have a look.

Have to say that it looks amazing - much nicer than the fountains    . Just stand back a bit so you don't see the wires...


User currently offlinebennator From Singapore, joined Mar 2012, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1286 times:

I saw it before it "officially opened." I spent a few minutes staring at, and many people snapped pictures. What made it funny was that one ball wasn't moving, looking all sad hanging down.

And also, yes to the refurbishment. I mostly fly out of T1, and it's much nicer now, especially landside.


User currently offlineaviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1486 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1273 times:

The new installation is very captivating and I could just keep standing there seeing it change shape. What is particularly interesting is how it changes from something very 2-dimensional to something with volume and very three-dimensional.

Sure, we miss the two vertical fountains from the past ... but they were so dated.

This new installation is refreshing and is best viewed from level 3 of the terminal. When I passed through T1 some days ago, I saw lots of people - local visitors, departing and arriving passengers - watching it, photograhing and video-ing it. Without exception, many were very impressed by the show.

What I particularly like about the renovation to T1 is the amount of natural light and greenery that has been introduced. The higher ceiling and more open terminal makes an old terminal that was already very popular even more attractive.

It certainly was money well-spent. Amazing that each of the three terminals looked so different and yet each one is a joy to visit and utilise.

KC Sim


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