A Million Times at Changi is both a kinetic sculpture and functioning clock created by Stockholm-based artists´ collective Humans since 1982. With a ‘clock face’ made up of 504 smaller clocks and a width of 7.5m, the entire ‘clock face’ 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. The artwork has been commissioned by Changi Airport Group and can now be seen in Terminal 2 at the entrance of the departure hall.
"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
LOCATION: Changi Airport, Singapore, Terminal 2, Departure Hall
DEVELOPMENT TIME: 4 years
LAUNCH DATE: January 3. 2018
DIMENSION: 7.5 x 3.4 m
WEIGHT: 1000 kg
MATERIAL: Corian, steel, aluminium, electrical components, stepper motors, customised software, projector, speaker
AMOUNT OF CLOCKS: 504
AMOUNT OF MOTORS: 1008
VIDEO SOUND: Sebastian Oliwa