A Million Times at Changi, 2014-2018
A Million Times at Changi, commissioned by Changi Airport Group, was conceived in 2014 and installed in January 2018 in Terminal 2. It is part of Humans since 1982's A million Times project (2013-ongoing).
"Metaphorically speaking, we liberated the clock from its sole function of measuring and reporting the time by taking the clock hands out of their 'administrative' roles and turning them into dancers." –Humans since 1982–
A Million Times at Changi is one of the biggest kinetic sculptures in the world and with its 7,5m amplitude has a 'clock face' that is wider than that of London’s Big Ben (7m).
Each of the 1008 clock-hands (504-minute hands and 504-hour hands) are fitted with individual motors, giving the kinetic sculpture the ability to show various patterns, as well as the time and greetings in various languages across different times of the day.
Dimension: 7.5 x 3.4 m
Weight: 1000 kg
Material: Corian, steel, aluminium, electrical components, stepper motors, customised software, projector, speaker
Location: Changi Airport Singapore, Terminal 2, Departure Hall
Development time: 4 years
Launch date: January 1. 2018
Amount of clocks: 504
Amount of motors: 1008
Engineering: David Cox
The idea behind the clock based typeface was formed already in 2008, shown here are early sketches from 2008>
Early animation of the clock based typeface, 2008/2009 >
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Collage of the first proposal of A Million Times at Changi, 2014 >
Sketches and animation of a circular and not realised proposal of A Million Times at Changi, 2015 >
Space-time graph visualising the artwork's movement. Each dot represents the movement instruction sent to one clock. Clocks are spread on X and Y axes, while Z axis represents time. >