Early check-in? Flight delays? Use this spare time to appreciate some of the art Changi Airport has to offer.

Many airports around the world have started to display impressive pieces of art and Singapore’s Changi Airport is no exception. Besides enhancing the aesthetic appeal of what often can be a rather intense space (what with customs clearances and immigration checks), airport art also plays an ambassadorial role by highlighting aspects of a country’s culture and society to passing travellers.

“In deciding what art to display at Changi airport, we have two considerations. Firstly, we want a good mix of international and local artists. Secondly, we want to reflect the themes of Singapore as a city in the garden, as well as the beauty of travel,” says Dennis Yim, assistant vice president, corporate & marketing communications of Changi Airport Group.

Pre-flight art picks
Wings of Mexico (2015) by Jorge Marín

A guide to Changi Airport’s art pieces for different travel personalities.

Terminal 3 Transit Area

This interactive sculpture by celebrated Mexican artist Jorge Marín was loaned to Singapore Changi Airport last year to celebrate SG50, as well as 40 years of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Mexico.

When people stand in front of these golden bronze wings, they are momentarily ‘transformed’ into angels. Check out #wingsofmexicochangi on Instagram to view all the entertaining angelic poses submitted by travellers from all over the world or join in the fun and upload your best shot.

Kinetic Rain (2012) by ART+COM

Terminal 1 Public Area

The most well-known art installation at Changi Airport is probably this soothing kinetic sculpture of 1,216 bronze rain droplets by German design collective ART+COM. Inspired by tropical rain, these sculptures, which integrate industrial technology, celebrate the joy of flight as the droplets appear to gracefully float up and down to create forms such as an airplane, a dragon and a hot air balloon.

Floral Inspirations (2007) by Han Sai Por

Terminal 3 Public Area

This intricate pair of seed pod sculptures catches your eye with its naturalistic texture of sprouting botanical organisms. Paying tribute to Singapore’s city in a garden identity, Han Sai Por, a 1995 Cultural Medallion recipient, created this installation using the special Han Bai Yu marble from Yunnan, China, which resembles white jade. During the day, the light streaming through the airport’s large plate windows gives these artworks a shimmery, ephemeral quality.

Daisy (2008) by Christian Moeller

Terminal 3 Public Area

This 13m-tall installation features a cheery fibre-glass propeller attached to a robotic arm mounted on a pedestal. The propeller takes reference from Singapore’s reputation as a leading seaport while capturing the tropical richness of the country’s flora. It also has a cool tech feature: its in-built sensor system detects the presence of moving visitors by the handrail, triggering the Daisy to move towards them. Moeller, an American artist, is a pioneer in interactive architectural and media installations.

Going Home (2008) by Han Meilin

Terminal 3 Immigration Area

This evocative 7.5m piece features a family of three and captures the universal importance of family and home. In total, this installation weighs 900kg, with the father made of steel, the mother bronze, and the child gold. It is the perfect art piece to greet homeward bound travellers.

Mother and Child (2008) by Han Meilin

Terminal 3 Transit Area

At a glance, these five bronze sculptures blend in easily with the airport crowd scurrying towards their departure gates.

However, these modern minimalist pieces depicting the loving bond between mother and child offer just that bit of intimate humanity amidst the hustle and bustle of a major international airport.

Han is a Chinese artist best known for his design of the Beijing Olympic mascots, the Fuwa, as well as the Beijing Olympics logo.

Saga Seed (2007) by Kumari Nahappan

Terminal 3 Transit Area

Nestled amidst palms and ferns, this eye-catching giant red saga seed made of bronze by Malaysian artist Kumari Nahappan honours the ubiquitous saga seed that features strongly in almost every Singaporean’s childhood. There are over 2,000 saga trees in Singapore.

Birds in Flight (2007) by Baet Yeok Kuan

Terminal 3 Transit Area

Singapore sculptor Baet Yeok Kuan created a mural of stainless steel birds to evoke the notions of travel, exploration and freedom. He used a plasma cutter to articulate each metal piece in this flock to give the impression of planes of birds in dynamic motion. The artwork aptly captures the migratory routes of the Arctic tern, a species of seabird, and illustrates the interconnectedness between countries.